Jurassic World: Dominion Shuts Down Over COVID Tests
Colin Trevorrow‘s newest entry in the franchise delays filming for two weeks
If yesterday’s news that the film was being delayed by a year wasn’t enough, COVID has dealt yet another blow to the cast and crew of ‘Jurassic World: Dominion‘. Director Colin Trevorrow revealed on Twitter that the production will be shutting down for two weeks after several crew members tested positive for the coronavirus. Although the delay isn’t too severe, it is yet another problem that the Dino sequel has encountered since the production first shut down thanks to the pandemic back in March. Trevorrow posted:
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. pic.twitter.com/DxuqX9UdgX
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) October 7, 2020
“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”
A spokesman for Universal, the studio behind the franchise issued a statement, saying:
“Late last night, we were informed that the Jurassic World: Dominion production experienced a small amount of positive tests for COVID-19. Even though subsequent tests proved negative this morning, due to our rigid protocols and to ensure that the safety and well-being of our entire cast and crew is paramount at all times, those who initially tested positive are currently self-isolating, as are those who they have come into contact with. As a result, filming has been temporarily paused and will resume in accordance with established safety guidelines”
Universal has been at the forefront of safety ever since the film industry restarted and this is a welcome response from them. It is annoying that the production has once again shut down but Universal isn’t taking any chances, which is to their immense credit. Adding to the fact is the film’s release was delayed by a year yesterday and a two-week lockdown isn’t going to affect the film’s schedule in any meaningful way. Universal realizes that no movie is worth cast or crew members losing their lives to the virus and are playing things completely safe. But once the all-clear is sounded, you can bet your fossilized teeth that production will gear up again pretty quickly.
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