Wow, COVID-19 is now forcing studios to push films as far as Summer 2022. Such is the case with Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion.
This has nothing to do with the production, which is about three weeks from wrapping in the U.K., and remained on course despite some positive COVID-19 tests from the crew.
Rather it’s just about safeguarding a big tentpole which has a number of lucrative ancillary attachments. After all, the Jurassic Park franchise has grossed over $5 billion worldwide. Things need to go off for Dominion without a hitch. The IP stretches across the NBCUniversal portfolio in their theme parks, TV/animation, consumer products, live events, and more. In addition retail partners and media placement needs to be locked up.
In a post COVID-19 world, when things return to normal, these things can actually transpire. However, it’s hard for any business to be done when release dates continually have to be moved and then when the President of the United States contracts the virus that just more of an indication we have a long way to go before we get through this epidemic. And an even longer ways to go before we can get back to enjoying the things we love.
Dominion previously owned its June 11, 2021 weekend, coming in the wake of New Line’s The Conjuring 3 and Paramount’s Micronauts on June 4, and preceding Disney/Pixar’s Luca and Warner Bros.’ In the Heights on June 18.
On its new date, Dominion is scheduled to compete against an untitled Disney/20th Century Studios movie.