AceShowbiz - "Jurassic World: Dominion" is set to be the first major movie to resume production in the U.K. following the Covid-19 pandemic - with shooting reportedly due to start in the second week of July (20).
With film and TV shoots in the U.K. greenlit by the country's government late last month, subject to meeting safety protocols, studio chiefs have been racing to get production back underway - with Tom Cruise reportedly flying into Britain in a bid to resume filming "Mission: Impossible VII".
However, according to Deadline.com, "Jurassic World"'s director Colin Trevorrow will be the first to begin production at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire thanks to a huge push to meet and even exceed the safety standards required.
"The plan is for us to be shooting early-mid July," a senior Universal production executive confirmed.
Studio chiefs have reportedly spent around $5 million (£4 million) on safety protocols, including thousands of tests that will be carried out on cast and crew during filming, a private medical facility with onsite doctors, nurses and isolation booths, 150 hand sanitiser stations; nightly anti-viral 'fogs' to disinfect the set, and 'Green Zones' for cast and crew.
"Anyone with symptoms will be isolated immediately before being sent home," the Universal production executive told Deadline. "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."
According to information on the movie website, the film's stars, including Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who flew back to the U.S. when production was halted in March four weeks into a 20-week shoot, will return to the U.K. shortly to begin 14-day quarantine periods.