Jurassic World: Dominion cuts back Malta shoot due to surge in COVID-19 cases
As production continues to get back on track for Jurassic World: Dominion, Deadline reports that the Colin Trevorrow-directed threequel has unfortunately been hit with another setback, just weeks after filming had officially resumed in the UK. Due to the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases in Malta, Universal Pictures is now forced to scale back its presence in the Southern European island by only allowing its second unit crew to shoot there in order to minimize or avoid any further health risks, especially when four crew members have tested positive for COVID-19 on the island.
“Jurassic World: Dominion will have a significant presence in Malta with a second unit crew shooting there from the end of August through to September.” A Spokesperson from Universal said in a statement. “Working with an abundance of caution as we have done throughout this production, first unit will no longer shoot in Malta to keep our presence on the ground to a minimum. We’d like to thank the Maltese Government and Film Commission for all their support and we look forward to a successful shoot in this beautiful country.”
Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow return to executive produce Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Dominion, with Trevorrow once again directing the next chapter in one of the biggest franchises in the history of cinema. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the filmmakers for this installment.
The upcoming threequel will be starring returning cast members from the first two Jurassic World films include Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith as well as original Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Campbell Scott. It will also feature Mamoudou Athie (Sorry for You Loss), DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It), Dichen Lachman (Animal Kingdom, Altered Carbon), Scott Haze (Venom, Antlers).
Joining the Jurassic team for the first time is Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising, The Black Hole), who will craft the Jurassic World 3 screenplay with Trevorrow. They will work off a story by Derek Connolly and Trevorrow, who together co-wrote Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Jurassic World: Dominion is currently set to debut in theaters on June 11, 2021.
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Jurassic World: Dominion Cuts Back Malta Shoot After COVID-19 Surge