Jurassic World: Dominion was forced to stop filming for two weeks after crew members tested positive for COVID-19.
Director Colin Trevorrow confirmed production was halted after “a few” positive tests, but added that the delay was simply a precaution as those who were infected tested negative “shortly after”.
The delay comes just days after it was revealed that the long-awaited sequel has been pushed back for a whole year until June 10, 2022, as the release of the films continues to be delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
On Hold: Jurassic World: Dominion was forced to stop filming for two weeks after “a few” positive COVID-19 tests, director Colin Trevorrow confirmed on Wednesday
Colin tweeted: “I woke up to the news that we had some positive coronavirus tests on Jurassic World: Dominion.
“All tested negative shortly thereafter, but due to our safety protocols we will be taking a two week break. Back soon. ‘
However, Colin seemed to find the humorous side of the delay, as he shared a snap of a dinosaur wearing a face mask.
Pushed: This comes after Jurassic World: Dominion’s release was pushed back for a full year from summer 2021 to June 2022 following the COVID-19 pandemic
A spokesperson for Universal Pictures told MailOnline: “Late last night we were informed that the production of Jurassic World: Dominion had undergone a small amount of positive tests for COVID-19.
“Even though subsequent tests came back negative this morning, due to our rigid protocols and to ensure that the safety and well-being of our entire cast and team is paramount at all times, those who have initially tested positive are currently self-isolated, as are those with whom they have come in contact.
“As a result, filming has been temporarily suspended and will resume in accordance with established safety guidelines. “
According to Variety, the film was only three weeks from completion when production was halted, despite many strict measures to protect the cast and crew from COVID.
Jurassic Park: Dominion isn’t the first blockbuster to be forced to stop filming, as last month’s filming for The Batman was suspended after Robert Pattinson tested positive for coronavirus.
It comes after the film’s release was pushed back for a full year from summer 2021 to June 2022, according to Variety.
Poster: Colin also confirmed the news of the delay, while sharing the film’s first teaser poster on Twitter
Colin also confirmed the news of the delay, while sharing the film’s first teaser poster on Twitter.
“Over the past three months, I’ve worked with an amazing cast and crew on a film that we can’t wait to share with the world,” the director began.
“Although we’ll have to wait a little longer, it will be worth it. Let’s stay healthy and take care of each other until then, ”he concluded.
His tweet included the first teaser poster, which featured the iconic Jurassic Park logo in amber, as well as the full cast list.
Filming began in February in Vancouver before moving to the UK in March, though production quickly ceased in mid-March when COVID-19 began to spread.
The sequel was one of the first big movies to jumpstart production with new COVID-19 security protocols in place.
Insiders say these safety precautions added about $ 5 million to the production budget, sources claiming they are three weeks away from packaging.
Production: Insiders say these safety precautions added about $ 5 million to the production budget, sources claiming they are three weeks away from packaging
Among those security protocols are frequent COVID-19 testing, as well as temperature checks while the entire cast and team are isolated in the same compound.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return as Owen and Claire from Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Dominion, with several new and familiar faces.
The original Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill and Laura Dern will return alongside Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm.
Return: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return as Owen and Claire from Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Dominion, with several new and familiar faces
Jurassic World: Dominion is just the latest in a series of major Hollywood releases that have been pushed back to 2021 and 2022 in recent months.
MGM pushed the highly anticipated James Bond film No Time To Die, with Warner Bros. pushing three of its biggest films as well.
The Batman has been pushed back to March 4, 2022, with Dune also being pushed back to October 1, 2021, although The Matrix 4 has been moved forward to December 22, 2021.
Delay: Jurassic World: Dominion is just the latest in a series of major Hollywood releases that have been pushed back to 2021 and 2022 in recent months.