Jurassic World sequel falls victim to coronavirus as production shuts down

The upcoming Jurassic World sequel has become the latest victim of the coronavirus as production on the new movie has been shut down amid growing fears over the deadly bug.

Jurassic World: Dominion, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, has been filming in London but the studio behind the picture has decided to call off the shoot due to Covid-19 outbreak.

According to Variety.com , bosses at Universal Pictures made the decision to halt filming along with ending work on two other projects – boxing drama Flint Strong and an untitled movie starring Funny Or Die's Billy Eichner.

The dinosaur blockbuster is the sixth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, and was due to feature three of the original stars – Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill.

It's not yet known whether the shut down will affect the planned June 2021 release date.

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The Universal Pictures shut down comes after Disney halted production on its live action films due to the growing COVID-19 concerns.

Work on Marvel's Shang-Chi, The Little Mermaid, Home Alone, Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley, Peter Pan & Wendy, the new Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movie, and Ridley Scott's The Last Duel has ground to a halt.

In an official statement, the studio said production will be shut down for "a short time," though it remains unclear if or when work on the projects will resume.

Their statement reads: “While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time.

“We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”

Disney has also postponed the release of the highly anticipated live-action movie Mulan , which was due to hit cinemas on March 27.

In a shattering week for Disney, bosses announced they would be shutting down Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland Paris and Disneyland in California at the end of the day on Sunday, after three cast members tested positive for COVID-19 in Paris.

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