The world is still in the midst of a pandemic and many studios are looking for ways to return to production while also keeping cast and crew safe.
According to multiple sources, including Deadline, Universal’s next Jurassic World sequel is aiming to be the first major studio production to start filming again under new safety guidelines.
Jurassic World: Dominion was four weeks into a twenty week production schedule when filming was halted over the coronavirus pandemic in March. According to the Deadline exclusive, production staff are implementing safety protocols on-site and a two week pre-production period is set for next week.
The move will cost an additional five million dollars to the production paid for by Universal. “We want to make sure that we are going above and beyond the national protocols to create a safe environment. Cost isn’t our main concern now: it’s safety. We will take direction from our medical team, but we’re confident that with the staggered scheduling and zones of talent and crew, along with a system of contact tracing, we can move forward with limited delay in production.” according to a Universal executive.
Actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be tested before leaving the US for the production in the UK and subject to a two week quarantine before returning to the set.
Colin Trevorrow is returning to direct from a script he co-wrote with Emily Carmichael. Original Jurassic Park cast members Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum are reprising their roles in the new film which is set for release June 11, 2021.