'Jurassic World: Dominion' shuts down production after positive COVID tests, release pushed to 2022

October 7, 2020
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    Jurassic World won’t be reopening its gates anytime soon!

    Universal Pictures announced that the upcoming film titled “Jurassic World: Dominion” is being postponed till 2022, per Entertainment Weekly.

    The release has been delayed from June 11, 2021 to June 10, 2022.

    The sixth film in the franchise shut down production in March when the pandemic initially hit, but was one of the first to resume shooting in the U.K. earlier this summer.

    Shortly after the announcement of the postponed the release, Universal halted production on the film for two weeks after a few coronavirus tests from the set came back positive.

    The film's director Colin Trevorrow tweeted the news writing: "Woke up to the news we had a few positive Coronavirus tests on Jurassic World: Dominion. All tested negative shortly after, but due to our safety protocols we’re going to pause for two weeks. Back soon."

    "Dominion" will see the return of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard along with original stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum.

    Other cast members include Mamadou Athie, Scott Haze, Dichen Lachman, Daniella Pineda, Campbell Scott, Isabella Sermon, Justice Smith, Omar Sy, DeWanda Wise, and B.D. Wong.

    It’s yet the latest Hollywood blockbuster release to suffer at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered movie theaters and changed the moviegoing experience.

    Earlier this week, the 25th film in the James Bond series, “No Time to Die,” postponed its premiere for the second time.

    The latest delay takes fans all the way to 2021, which is almost a year behind schedule.

    Back in September, Disney delayed several movies including “Black Widow,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” and “The Eternals,” all set to debut in 2021.

    The decisions to delay many upcoming theatrical releases comes on the heels of the lukewarm debut of “Tenet” in the U.S.

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