Filming of ‘Jurassic World’ stopped after positive coronavirus tests

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The coronavirus pandemic has dealt the film industry another heavy blow – this time toppling production of the latest installment of the ‘Jurassic World’ franchise.

Filming for ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ at Pinewood Studios in the UK was suspended for two weeks on Wednesday after tests for the coronavirus came back positive.

“I woke up to the news that we had some positive coronavirus tests on Jurassic World: Dominion,” director Colin Trevorrow tweeted Wednesday. “All tested negative shortly thereafter, but due to our safety protocols we will be taking a two week break. Back soon. ”

A spokesperson for Universal Pictures said they were told of the positive tests on Tuesday evening and all tested negative on Wednesday morning.

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“The safety and well-being of our entire cast and team is paramount,” added the spokesperson. “Those who initially tested positive are now self-isolating, as are those with whom they have come in contact.”

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On Tuesday, Universal said the release of “Jurassic World: Dominion” was delayed for one year until June 2022.

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The franchise starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard was one of the first major Hollywood productions to reboot after shutdowns linked to a pandemic.

The New York Times wrote in August about improved safety protocols on the set and a few cases of crew members in Britain and Malta over the summer.

This image released by Universal Pictures shows a scene from the upcoming “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. (Universal images via AP)

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It is the second major growth to be affected by COVID-19. The UK filming of Warner Bros. ‘The Batman,’ last month also ceased production due to a positive case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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