The Jurassic World spin-off series began in 2015, after the disappointing commercial performance of The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, and proved a substantial box-office success, taking $1.7bn worldwide for Jurassic World and $1.3bn for its 2018 follow-up, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Currently known as Jurassic World 3, the new film will be directed by Colin Trevorrow (returning to the series after stepping aside for JA Bayona for the Fallen Kingdom) and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. It is due to start shooting next year, with a planned release date of 11 June 2021.
Jurassic World: Dominion is among the many, many films affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus. It was able to film some stuff before principal photography shut down.
In a podcast with Fitz and Wappa, Sam Neill spoke about when they could resume filming, even suggesting where they should resume if they choose to.
Talking about their current status and how things wound up shutting down while they were filming, Neill said that as soon as he got wind of the situation, he headed for a flight to Perth:
We’re “in the fridge” for the time being. Yes, they got two weeks done. And I was waiting in London for my stuff to start and then it became apparent it was going to close down in a day or two. So, I got a flight to Perth … made it as far as Sydney … and got into the quarantine thing.
Speaking next about when filming could start, he remains vague and uncertain but suggests that they could begin shooting in Australia or New Zealand.
Both those places have contained the pandemic effectively, unlike London which was the film’s primary location but which Neill bluntly reveals is in quite a mess.
He explains that the production had set up some soundstages in London which they would like to use for filming, which could make a complete shift to Sydney difficult.