If you thought films planned for 2021 were safe from delays, you’ll need to think again. NBCUniversal announced today that Jurassic World: Dominion, the third installment of Colin Trevorrow’s wildly successful Jurassic Park sequels, will be delayed until June 10, 2022. Much like every other film that has recently been delayed, the decision was made following production delays and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the hellscape that was this year got underway, Jurassic World:Dominion was scheduled for a June 11, 2021, release. While every film had suffered production delays earlier this year, Dominion was one of the first to resume in July once restrictions had been lifted. Despite getting that extra time, NBCUniversal is erring on the side of caution.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the Jurassic Park franchise is extremely important to Universal and Amblin Entertainment. Both companies want to make sure deadlines can be met for their retail partners. That isn’t exactly the same as caring for the cast and crew, but at least the film isn’t being rushed out and risking the health and safety of everyone involved.
When the film does materialize, I’m sure the wait will be worth it. One of the issues with Fallen Kingdom was that it felt rushed, so extra time in the oven can’t hurt.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter