It took millions and millions of years, but another worldwide crisis has stopped dinosaurs in their tracks.
Universal Pictures has become the latest studio to shut down production on its live-action features amid the growing outbreak of the coronavirus. Per by The Hollywood Reporter, Universal said in a statement Friday night, “The studio continues to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination on when to restart production in the coming weeks.”
The halt in production includes the third movie in the Jurassic World series, Dominion. The film stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. It will also bring back the stars of the original Jurassic Park, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. Flint Strong, a boxing movie directed by Rachel Morrison and starring Ice Cube, has also shut down production.
Currently, most studios that have shut down production anticipate a two-week hiatus, but this could change as more information about the ongoing pandemic is released.
Universal’s announcement Friday follows in the footsteps of a multitude of cancellations over the last two weeks. Disney has delayed Mulan, New Mutants, and Antlers. Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part 2 has also postponed its release. So far, the most significant film delay is F9. Initially set for release in May, it will now open in April of 2021.
Jurassic World: Dominion, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is scheduled for release on June 11, 2021.