Sam Neill excited to finally begin filming Jurassic World: Dominion

Sam Neill is excited to finally begin filming Jurassic World: Dominion.Production on the movie in the U.K. was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, but the Colin Trevorrow-directed blockbuster resumed shooting last month, with stars incl…

Sam Neill is excited to finally begin filming Jurassic World: Dominion.

Production on the movie in the U.K. was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, but the Colin Trevorrow-directed blockbuster resumed shooting last month, with stars including Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard sharing snaps from the set at Pinewood Studios outside of London.

New Zealand-based actor Neill has been in quarantine for 14 days, as previously requested by the British government to keep Covid-19 outbreaks under control, and now he’s raring to go as he reprises his role as palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant in the sixth instalment in the dinosaur franchise.

“Hold onto your hats- gettin’ my old one back on this week , and facing off dinosaurs once again. Best yet .Excited and terrified- these things will kill ya. With @LauraDern @BryceDHoward @prattprattpratt #JeffGoldblum @colintrevorrow I’m obviously a little more …grizzled now..” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

“Tomorrow I’m back in The Grant Hat and into the Whole Jurassic World. Terror knows no bounds,” Neill also shared on Instagram, alongside a snap of him on the set of the 1993 movie wearing his character’s fedora.

His fellow original Jurassic Park co-stars Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum are also reprising their roles for the upcoming blockbuster, and Oscar winner Dern took to Instagram to share her joy at playing Dr. Ellie Sattler once again.

“In quarantine getting ready to get back to work. #jurassicworlddominion,” she recently posted on Instagram, alongside a picture of her very own Ellie Sattler action figure.

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Jurassic World: Dominion has ‘exciting’ animatronics

Jurassic World: Dominion will have more animatronics than any of the previous movies.Although production on the latest instalment in the dinosaur franchise has been hit by delays due to the Covid-19 crisis, work recently resumed and director Colin Trev…

Jurassic World: Dominion will have more animatronics than any of the previous movies.

Although production on the latest instalment in the dinosaur franchise has been hit by delays due to the Covid-19 crisis, work recently resumed and director Colin Trevorrow is impressed with the results.

Trevorrow has promised fans are in for a treat when they finally see the digital effects on the big screen.

“We’ve actually gone more practical with every Jurassic movie we’ve made since the first one, and we’ve made more animatronics in this one than we have in the previous two,” he said in an interview with Collider. “And the thing that I’ve found, especially in working in the past couple months, is that we finally reached a point where it’s possible to… digital extensions on animatronics will be able to match the texture and the level of fidelity that, on film, an animatronic is going to be able to bring.

“You didn’t use to be able to really mix them. You could really see the seams. And so that part is very exciting for me.”

Trevorrow went on to reveal the puppetry involved in the movie has also been “amazing”, explaining a “beautiful” hand-painted head has been made for each dinosaur to see how light reflects on the skin before creating the digital version of the extinct reptiles.

The filmmaker is maintaining a positive outlook following the turbulent past few months during lockdown, claiming the break in production has served a purpose.

“The ability to just stop and think for a second about what you were doing,” he said while participating in the San Diego Comic Con panel Directors on Directing. “Cut it together, make sure that, especially if you’re trying something really new, that what you believed would work is working. And we did, we got to do that.”

Jurassic World: Dominion, starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, is scheduled for a June 2021 release.

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Jeff Goldblum feels safe returning to Jurassic World set

Jeff Goldblum has stated that Universal has gone out of its way to make the cast and crew of Jurassic World: Dominion feel safe, as the production resumes amid the coronavirus pandemic.The actor told Entertainment Tonight that filming for Jurassic Worl…

Jeff Goldblum has stated that Universal has gone out of its way to make the cast and crew of Jurassic World: Dominion feel safe, as the production resumes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor told Entertainment Tonight that filming for Jurassic World is shortly due to recommence and that there are ‘protocols galore’, to ensure the risk of being on set is reduced.

“We’re going to be very safe, I think,” Goldblum said via video chat, “we’re going to shoot Jurassic World.”

Production on the sixth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise was paused in March with the onset of the pandemic, 4-weeks into its planned 20-week schedule.

Goldblum said he felt reassured by an extensive briefing which outlined the safety precautions: “They gave us 109 pages. They invested all their heart and soul, and a lot of money, into making sure that we’re safe,” he explained.

Cast and crew will be quarantined together, Goldblum continued, “in a kind of a bubble, all the crew and all the cast. And testing and everything.”

“We know it’s a risky time, but we feel it’s good,” he added.

“Sam Neill’s there and Laura Dern and Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard; Colin Trevorrow’s directing, and there are gonna be some dinosaurs,” he smiled.

Deadline has reported that Universal spent over $5 million (£4 million) implementing the health measures.

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Universal denies halting production on Jurassic World: Dominion over positive Covid-19 tests

A Universal Pictures representative has denied halting production on Jurassic World: Dominion due to crewmembers testing positive for Covid-19. The third instalment in the Jurassic World franchise became the first movie to resume filming in the U.K. f…

A Universal Pictures representative has denied halting production on Jurassic World: Dominion due to crewmembers testing positive for Covid-19.

The third instalment in the Jurassic World franchise became the first movie to resume filming in the U.K. following the coronavirus lockdown when the cast and crew went back to set at Pinewood Studios outside of London at the start of last week.

However, it was reported by Britain’s The Sun newspaper on Friday that production had already been forced to shut down due to positive Covid-19 tests among the crew.

A representative for Universal, the studio behind the movie, denied the report in a statement to Variety.

“Any reports indicating that Jurassic World: Dominion has halted production are categorically untrue,” said the spokesperson. “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.”

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 in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Variety reported that Universal would be implementing new safety procedures to keep the Pinewood Studios set free from Covid-19, with a $5 million (£4 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 shoots get underway as quickly as possible, 72-year-old star Neill has decided to spend 14 days in quarantine following his arrival from New Zealand, with him telling The Guardian, “I feel it’s incumbent upon me to do so. It’s only fair.”

The movie is set to hit cinemas in June 2021.

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Colin Trevorrow: ‘Lockdown worked to our advantage on Jurassic World: Dominion’

Colin Trevorrow thinks the global coronavirus lockdown has had a positive effect on his movie, Jurassic World: Dominion.The director had been shooting the follow-up to 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard,…

Colin Trevorrow thinks the global coronavirus lockdown has had a positive effect on his movie, Jurassic World: Dominion.

The director had been shooting the follow-up to 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, for four weeks in the U.K. when the Covid-19 outbreak struck, and film sets across the world were immediately shut down.

Trevorrow and his star-studded cast are heading back to work at Pinewood Studios near London after more than three months on hiatus, and the filmmaker revealed that the break has in fact helped him.

“For many of us, Dominion was already the biggest creative challenge of our lives, before the lockdown,” he told Empire magazine. “The shooting schedule really worked to our advantage – the first four weeks we put to film were mostly sequences with dinosaurs in them.

“So that allowed us to get a head start on VFX (visual effects) and workshop some of the newer elements without the pressure of a looming deadline.”

Trevorrow also said that he’s confident the new health and safety guidelines will keep the cast and crew members safe on set of the third movie in the Jurassic World franchise, but noted that it might take a while to get used to the new normal.

“The hard part will be constructing a creative environment within all the precautions. Once the cameras roll, we have to forget our world and live in the world of the movie. That may take some practice,” he confessed.

Dominion will also see original Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern reprise their roles, and Trevorrow is excited to get going.

“I’ve been really moved by the way everyone has shown support for each other,” he shared. “We’re all fired up to get back to work. This is what we do, and we’re all eager to get back out there and do it.”

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Sam Neill teases Jurassic World: Dominion details

Sam Neill has delighted fans by revealing his role in Jurassic World: Dominion is more than just a cameo.The 72-year-old is reprising his role as palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant, who was last seen in 2001’s Jurassic Park III, in the upcoming dinosaur …

Sam Neill has delighted fans by revealing his role in Jurassic World: Dominion is more than just a cameo.

The 72-year-old is reprising his role as palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant, who was last seen in 2001’s Jurassic Park III, in the upcoming dinosaur blockbuster, alongside fellow originals Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern.

And in a recent interview with Yahoo Movies U.K., he excited film fans by confirming the trio will be making more than just a fleeting appearance.

“We’re all the way through the film, Jeff, and me, and Laura,” Neill explained, as he confessed he “probably won’t be running quite as fast as I was 27 years ago!”

Elsewhere in the interview, Neill said he was excited to resume filming the third instalment in the Jurassic World franchise, after it was shutdown amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

He explained that he and three of his co-stars are still in the midst of their required 14-day quarantine after landing in the U.K. late last month, and he hopes to begin shooting “in about 10 days”.

“We’re all going to be living in the same joint for three or four months, so that’s going to be fun,” he said, noting that the entire cast and crew, including Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, will be isolating together when production starts at Pinewood Studios on 6 July. “And everybody loves Chris and Bryce as well, so I think we’ll be a very happy bunch.”

Pratt confirmed he is in London and preparing to get back on set during a phone call with a competition winner.

The 41-year-old told the fan, who won the chance to be eaten by a CGI dinosaur in Jurassic World: Dominion, he was holding up fine during the required 14-day quarantine.

“I’m doing well,” Pratt shared. “I’m back in London currently. We’re back in production on Jurassic World: Dominion.”

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Sam Neill excited to resume filming Jurassic World: Dominion

Sam Neill is “very excited” to head to the U.K. and resume filming Jurassic World: Dominion.The 72-year-old actor is reprising his role as Dr. Alan Grant, alongside fellow original Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, for the upcoming dino…

Sam Neill is “very excited” to head to the U.K. and resume filming Jurassic World: Dominion.

The 72-year-old actor is reprising his role as Dr. Alan Grant, alongside fellow original Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, for the upcoming dinosaur blockbuster.

Back in March, production on the third film in the Jurassic World franchise, directed by Colin Trevorrow, was shut down only four weeks into the shoot after the coronavirus pandemic struck. It was announced earlier this month that it would be the first major studio blockbuster to resume production in the U.K., with filming set to begin at Pinewood Studios on 6 July in accordance with new social distancing guidelines.

Neill has confirmed he will be heading to England soon and is looking forward to reuniting with Dern and Goldblum.

“We are about to begin again and I should be in the United Kingdom all things being equal in a couple of weeks. And we’re gonna be at Pinewood working under very strict protocols,” he explained during a recent interview on ITV talk show This Morning. “We’ll be breaking new ground, in fact. I think we’re the first big film to get back into production and it’s going to be very interesting to see the process.”

“I’m very excited about it. It’s going to be a terrific film. I’m so much looking forward to meeting my old friends again,” the New Zealand native added.

Jurassic World: Dominion, also starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, is slated for release on 11 June, 2021.

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Bryce Dallas Howard ‘feels safe’ returning to Jurassic World: Dominion

Bryce Dallas Howard has insisted she “feels safe” getting back to work on Jurassic World: Dominion in July. Production on the third film in the Jurassic World franchise, directed by Colin Trevorrow, was shut down in March, only four weeks into the sho…

Bryce Dallas Howard has insisted she “feels safe” getting back to work on Jurassic World: Dominion in July.

Production on the third film in the Jurassic World franchise, directed by Colin Trevorrow, was shut down in March, only four weeks into the shoot, after the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the movie would be the first studio production to resume filming in the U.K. following the outbreak, with Howard and her co-star Chris Pratt heading back to work at Pinewood Studios outside of London on 6 July.

Howard was asked how she felt about heading back to the set soon during an interview on SiriusXM’s EW Live on Tuesday, and she insisted the crew is going “above and beyond” to ensure everyone is safe.

“There’s been a lot of communication. They’re going above and beyond,” she said. “We would never go back to work if we didn’t feel safe and we’re taking it a day at a time. I’m very grateful to have a job.

“What feels really right about it is that there’s this daily conversation, daily communication with all of the actors, the key crew members, and just us being consistently (like), ‘Okay, how are we going to do this safely?’ And not making compromises that could undermine someone’s health and wellbeing.”

According to Deadline, Universal bosses have spent around $5 million (£4 million) implementing rigorous safety protocols on set, including thousands of Covid-19 tests, a private medical facility with on-site doctors, nurses and isolation booths, and 150 hand sanitiser stations. They will stagger the schedules of cast and crew, check temperatures, and wear masks when not in front of the camera.

A two-week pre-production period is set to begin next week. Pratt and Howard will be required to quarantine for two weeks before they start working.

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Jurassic World: Dominion to resume filming in July

Jurassic World: Dominion is set to be the first major movie to resume production in the U.K. following the Covid-19 pandemic.Filmmakers and studio bosses have been working hard to get filming underway at Pinewood Studios outside of London after it was …

Jurassic World: Dominion is set to be the first major movie to resume production in the U.K. following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Filmmakers and studio bosses have been working hard to get filming underway at Pinewood Studios outside of London after it was shut down back in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

According to editors at Deadline, director Colin Trevorrow will be assembling his cast and crew, including Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, at the studios to resume shooting in July.

“The plan is for us to be shooting early-mid July,” a senior Universal production executive confirmed.

Studio bosses have reportedly spent around $5 million (£4 million) implementing rigorous safety protocols on set, including thousands of Covid-19 tests, a private medical facility with on-site doctors, nurses and isolation booths, and 150 hand sanitiser stations.

“Anyone with symptoms will be isolated immediately before being sent home,” the Universal production executive told the publication. “We want to make sure that we are going above and beyond the national protocols to create a safe environment. Cost isn’t our main concern now: it’s safety.

“We will take direction from our medical team, but we’re confident that with the staggered scheduling and zones of talent and crew, along with a system of contact tracing, we can move forward with limited delay in production.”

While it’s been confirmed that Pratt and Howard will be flying into the U.K. later this month, and will be required to quarantine for 14 days, it’s not yet know if other cast members, including Jake Johnson, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern, will be filming in England.

Jurassic World: Dominion is currently scheduled to hit cinemas in June 2021.

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J.K. Simmons confirms he’s signed on for two more Spider-Man sequels

J.K. Simmons has confirmed he has signed on to star in two more Spider-Man sequels.The 65-year-old made his debut as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man back in 2002, and reprised his character for a post-credits scene in last…

J.K. Simmons has confirmed he has signed on to star in two more Spider-Man sequels.

The 65-year-old made his debut as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man back in 2002, and reprised his character for a post-credits scene in last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which starred Tom Holland as the latest incarnation of the web-slinging superhero.

And Simmons has now revealed he signed on for at least two more sequels when he agreed to bring back the outspoken editor-in-chief on the big screen.

“I don’t know if I would use the word ‘expect’,” he said on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. “When we signed on for the first movie we signed a contract to do two sequels as well.

“That’s always a one-sided, well not always, but in my case, a one-sided contract where you’re committed to do it but they’re not necessarily committed to use your character in the ensuing movies.”

He also praised Raimi, who helmed the original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, and Jon Watts, who directed Far From Home, for working together to unite the different franchises.

“It was great to have the opportunity as these things evolve to be one of the holdovers from the previous version,” Simmons added.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Oscar-winning actor joked that wants to play the father of every famous Chris in Hollywood, following his recent work with Chris Evans on the Apple+ TV series, Defending Jacob, and Chris Pratt on The Tomorrow War.

“My career plan now is to play the father of every handsome, blue-eyed movie star stud named Chris,” he joked. “So if you’re casting out there I’m looking – Chris Pine, I’m available, and Chris Hemsworth – in either order, I mean we don’t have to go alphabetical.”

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