The coronavirus pandemic halts Jurassic World, The Batman, Fantastic Beasts, The Matrix, The Witcher, and The Rock!
Once again, the global threat that is the pandemic Coronavirus has struck at the Hollywood machine, causing more delays to happen. This time, It’s Universal that has been forced into holding fire on one of its biggest upcoming attractions. Jurassic World: Dominion. The third film in the new trilogy and what is being thought of as the franchise closer went before the cameras in Hawaii on February 25th. Boasting the cast of the original ‘Jurassic Park’ Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum alongside the leads of the current trilogy, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the film was booked in for a June 11th, 2021 release before the film was forced to temporarily shut down due to the epidemic sweeping the world. The film now faces the prospect of having to move dates to accommodate the halt in filming. Universal issued a simple statement that read:
“The studio continues to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination on when to restart production in the coming weeks”
It has also been revealed that the Warner Bros. reboot of their franchise named ‘The Batman‘ has also shut down production, joining many of the other studios in having to stop work on one of their future projects. The film was relocating from London to the city of Liverpool in the UK to ensure the safety of the cast and crew of the film. Although none of the crew working on the film have been diagnosed with COVID-19, Warner Bros. decided to halt the production entirely and released a message saying:
“Warner Brothers Pictures feature production of ‘The Batman’ will be on a two-week hiatus starting today. The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely”
The film, starring Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon is due for release on June 25th, 2021. It will still have a good chance of keeping its assigned release date if the production shutdown only lasts the two weeks Warners are expecting but any longer than that and it too, may need to shift dates to get completed and into theatres.
And the third film in the ‘Fantastic Beasts‘ franchise has been delayed also. Filming was due to start today but has now, alongside the film ‘King Richard’ been closed down, adding to the ongoing list of films that are on pause for the time being.
Warners also have the added headache of having ‘The Matrix 4‘ that is currently filming in Germany after moving on from San Francisco. The film is going to part of Warner’s summer and/or winter lineup and any delays could prove costly to the studio.
The news now means that Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony and Disney have all been affected by the crisis and it has taken a massive toll on this summers’ box office fare and quite possibly, next summers’ releases too.
Also, while I have been writing this article, it has been announced that the new film starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson named ‘Red Notice‘, being made for Netflix, has also now been postponed for around two weeks. This comes just hours after Netflix halted filming on the second season of Henry Cavill‘s hugely popular series ‘The Witcher‘. The hotly anticipated series joins the Disney+ Marvel shows WandaVision, Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on extended hiatus while the pandemic continues to sweep the globe.
Once more, we will have to watch what happens next and we at The Future Of The Force will bring you any further developments as they happen.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!