Life finds a way – but the COVID-19 pandemic has other ideas!
The scope of the shoot in Malta for Universal Pictures’ upcoming sequel ‘Jurassic World: Dominion‘ has had to be changed somewhat after it was struck by the coronavirus on August 11th. It is being reported that four crew members tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the shoot to move to a second unit crew from the first unit crew. Universal took the step after the virus swept through the nation’s islands.
Universal has been at the forefront of cast and crew safety since the restart of production on the $200million film back in July. The pandemic forced the shoot to go into lockdown back in February and after completing what can only be described as a groundbreaking due diligence health and safety procedure, the likes of which has never been seen before in the industry, the filming restarted on the film after the cast and crew completed the UK quarantine period. The 107-page safety manual was issued due to the film being one of the first to resume after the UK lockdown was eased.
Malta has been added to the list of countries the United Kingdom has warned to avoid any travel to unless absolutely essential as it is no longer safe to visit according to the UK Government. Time will tell if the outbreak delays the film any further but until we hear more, the third film in the Dinosaur sequel trilogy is still scheduled for release in June of 2021.
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