Haunting Aerial Pics Show Little Mermaid And Jurassic World Film Sets Frozen In Time In Pinewood Studios Lockdown

Sunday, March 29, 2020

HAUNTING aerial images show the film sets of The Little Mermaid and Jurassic World stopped mid-shoot amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The elaborate sets at Pinewood Studios look like they were abandoned as Boris Johnson announced Britain would shut down to stop the spread of the killer virus.

Jurassic World: Dominion, which is still scheduled for release next year, is being filmed at Pinewood as well as at locations in Canada and Hawaii. It stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jeff Goldblum

A large ship for Disney's latest live-action film, starring Halle Bailey as the 16-year-old mermaid Ariel, is left stranded. The huge blue screens for the next Jurassic World film have also been left behind

Pinewood, which has 16 stages including the 59,202 sq ft 007 Stage, also has two TV studios, both standing at 8,988 sq ft. The Walt Disney Studios announced a 10-year lease on most of the studios last September

Filming stopped on some movies earlier this month, and it is likely the more severe restrictions announced last week saw all sets shut down.

A source told The Sun earlier in the month: "Filming just stopped today and everyone at Pinewood was sent home.

"Staff are being told the site will now be closed for 30 days starting from next Monday."

A spokesperson for Pinewood Studios said at the time: "Pinewood Group are continuing to follow guidance set out by the Government, and the studios remain fully operational."

Pinewood has been at the heart of the British movie business for 80 years, with Bond movie No Time To Die among the productions filmed on its legendary 007 stage.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 2019's final chapter in the sci-fi hit's franchise, was also shot there in recent years.

Jurassic World: Dominion, which is scheduled for release next year, is being filmed at Pinewood as well as at locations in Canada and Hawaii.

It stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, alongside Jurassic Park originals Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill.

Stark aerial photos show elaborate film sets for Jurassic World and The Little Mermaid at Pinewood Studios in Uxbridge closed after Britain was plunged into the coronavirus lockdown this week

A Pinewood Studios spokesman said: "The studios will remain open and accessible as we continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19.

"The health and wellbeing of our staff, productions and tenant companies is paramount, and we are following government guidance as the situation evolves.

"In line with the Government’s rules we have further reduced our workforce at the Studios to those who absolutely cannot work at home and those who ensure the well-being of all persons on-site."

Coronavirus has played havoc with many filming schedules, with streaming giant Netflix last week suspending all film and TV production.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk/