Jurassic World: Dominion to find a way back to production this July.
Slowly, but surely, it Hollywood seems to be gaining extra momentum. Productions may have been shifted, release dates have may have been pushed way back, but that’s not to say we’ll never see any new big productions again. Like every other industry, the movie biz is eager to get things started up. More specifically, they can’t wait to get back to churning out those $200 million productions that pay huge dividends.
But in times of difficulty, these movies can seem like neverending money pits. I heard from a source that there were days early on in the COVID-19 shutdown where actors like Jeff Goldblum were flown in only to be flown back home after shooting no scenes. And that’s just a small microcosm. Extrapolate that to include more cast and crew, and you have at least hundreds of thousands of wasted dollars. The idea of a huge production like Jurassic World: Dominion almost seemed like an impossibility in the near future. But it looks like they’re trying.
As reported by Deadline and confirmed by us here at LRM, Jurassic World: Dominion is set to return to production this July. Cameras will begin to roll on the second week, starting July 6 at Pinewood Studios. In addition to my own sources, this was confirmed to the outlet by a senior Universal production executive.
Of course, it won’t exactly be “business as usual.” They’ll have to bring in measures to help the production meet safety standards. The outlet states that the studio is going above and beyond those measures, spending around $5 million in the protocols. They will carry out thousands of tests throughout filming — before returning, and then throughout the rest of production.
“Anyone with symptoms will be isolated immediately before being sent home,” the Universal production executive told Deadline. “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.”
This is all great news. But I can only imagine how much this will inflate an already-inflated budget. All of this will likely result in fewer scenes being show and decreased productivity, meaning they will have to pay for more time all-around. And that’s in addition to the cost of the measures being put in place. Luckily, Jurassic World is a big enough franchise that it’ll matter just a bit less.
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