Jurassic World 3 Looking To Start Filming In July, Says Sam Neill
Sam Neill, who played Dr. Grant in the first three Jurassic Park films, has acknowledged a possible July return to production on Jurassic World 3.
Jurassic World 3 is looking to start filming in July, says Sam Neill. The third entry in the highly lucrative series of films based on dinosaurs running amok in present-day America has been on fan’s minds since Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrived in 2018.
Though it’s previously been claimed that Jurassic World: Dominion will be the end of the trilogy that began back in 2015, the truth of the matter is that the film will be a beginning of sorts. Yes, the third film in the series (sixth if the original trilogy is considered) will mark an end to what’s come before. Still, it has been made clear that Universal has no plans to cease making Jurassic films, and that Dominion will instead pave the way for new avenues of exploration with the IP. This is an exciting prospect for fans, but unfortunately, so far, the production of Jurassic World 3 has been held up (like so many other productions) by the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film’s production was temporarily shut down back in March, though director Colin Trevorrow reported that he was still working on the film while in lockdown.
With so many films experiencing a similar dilemma, any news on the status of upcoming productions is always welcome. In the case of Jurassic World: Dominion, one of the franchise’s original stars has recently revealed that production on the highly anticipated film could start up again in July. During an interview with The Guardian, Sam Neill, aka Dr. Alan Grant, said that “all the sets are there, waiting” at Pinewood Studios in London, and that there is still some hope that production on Dominion could resume by July:
“I should be going into Pinewood at 6am. All the sets are there, waiting. I miss the company of friends and the conviviality around a table in a restaurant, sharing some good wine together. I can’t wait to get back to it. One hopes that people haven’t got used to being without it.”
While Neil prefers to stay optimistic about the prospect of returning to work, there is presently no official date for production to continue on Dominion. July is only a little over a month away as of this writing, but as we’ve seen so far with the pandemic, so much can change in a short amount of time. Dominion had only been two weeks into its production schedule when COVID-19 forced a pause, and Neill has previously spoken to the media about his hopes that production could resume as soon as possible. The new film will mark the first time that Neill has revisited the Dr. Grant role since 2001’s Jurassic Park III. That film managed a decent enough box office take, but in terms of critical response, it largely failed to live up to previous Jurassic Park films.
No production wants to be held in a state of limbo, and, understandably, Neill is eager to get back to work. However, before anything can happen, it has to be safe for all concerned to return to the production. Fans will ultimately get to see Jurassic World: Dominion, and there are sure to be many more films to follow in the coming years. For now, at least, fans can take some comfort in knowing that if production on Dominion doesn’t get underway by July, things will eventually get back on track. Until then, there’s always the franchise’s previous films to revisit.