Production has started again on Jurassic World: Dominion amid the coronavirus crisis.
The highly anticipated sequel began filming again this week (begins July 6, 2020) in the U.K. amid the pandemic, Variety reported on Friday, with a Universal representative confirming that, “Any reports indicating that Jurassic World: Dominion has halted production are categorically untrue.”
“The production is in its fifth day of shooting today, and we’re thrilled to be back in front of the camera on this incredible project,” they explained, amid reports the production experienced a shutdown due to more than one crew member testing positive for coronavirus.
The movie, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, alongside original Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, was four weeks into its 20-week production when filming first shut down.
Variety reported that Universal would be implementing new safety procedures to keep the set at Pinewood Studios free from COVID-19, with a $5 million testing operation in place.
However, despite the fact that the British government has waived quarantine restrictions for those working on major Hollywood productions in the country in a bid to let productions get underway as quickly as possible, 72-year-old star Neill is still spending 14 days in quarantine, despite traveling from largely COVID-free New Zealand due to his sense of fair play.
“I feel it’s incumbent upon me to do so,” he told The Guardian. “It’s only fair.”
The movie is set to open in theatres on June 11, 2021.