Jurassic World: Dominion has reportedly stopped filming on its first day back, due to members of the crew testing positive for the coronavirus.
Update: Universal has provided a statement to Comicbook denying the shutdown:
“Any reports indicating that Jurassic World: Dominion has halted production are categorically untrue. The production is headed into its fifth day of shooting tomorrow, and we’re thrilled to be back in front of the camera on this incredible project.”
In what’s likely a bad sign for the entertainment industry, Jurassic World: Dominion has reportedly stopped filming on its very first day back, due to crew members testing positive for the coronavirus. Like essentially every other production in Hollywood, filming on Jurassic World: Dominion stopped in March as COVID-19 became more of a threat. Luckily, director Colin Trevorrow recently revealed the timing of the shutdown and filming schedule actually helped the movie in a way. As Trevorrow explains it, most of the scenes shot in the first four weeks on set involved dinosaurs. This means VFX work was able to be done during the shutdown. Throughout their time away from set, various members of the cast and creative team publicly discussed when work could resume on the film. In May, actor Sam Neill indicated the movie was shooting for a July return, with Universal confirming that timetable only a couple of weeks later. As arguably the biggest movie to begin filming after the coronavirus, many were looking to Jurassic World: Dominion as a model for how things could work going forward. Universal’s ambitious plan to restart filming cost around $5 million and involved over 100 hand sanitizer stations, as well as extensive temperature checks and COVID-19 tests. Unfortunately, it seems the studio’s precautions weren’t enough to keep the coronavirus at bay. According to The Sun, filming has reportedly stopped on Jurassic World: Dominion on the movie’s first day back. Evidently, multiple crew members tested positive for COVID-19, forcing another shutdown. A source shared in part, “This was the last thing anyone expected so soon.” Screen Rant has reached out to Universal for comment.
This news will likely throw the entertainment industry into even more chaos, as it becomes clear just how difficult it will be for big films to resume work. Considering the number of people involved in making a blockbuster movie like Jurassic World: Dominion, it may simply be too dangerous for those movies to resume work at this time. Of course, this puts major studios like Universal, Disney, and others in a difficult spot. This is especially true as movie companies have already lost significant amounts of money due to the original shutdowns and being forced to delay countless films. Though it’s easy to feel negatively about the news of Jurassic World: Dominion‘s second shutdown, there could be some positives. Other studios will be able to learn from what happened and hopefully set up solid plans for when they decide to resume work. It also could be a blockbuster-specific problem, as it’s far easier to control the number of people on set on a smaller film. It remains to be seen if this additional shutdown will have an impact on Jurassic World: Dominion‘s release next year. However, if this news is any indication of how things will go on other movie sets, it seems likely Dominion won’t be the only film affected.