It’s not just 2020 films that are now being impacted by COVID-19. Universal Pictures just announced that Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth installment in the popular sci-fi action/adventure franchise, has been pushed back from its original summer 2021 release date to now a full year later, June 10, 2022, according to Variety.
Despite having some production delays due to positive coronavirus tests among the crew, Jurassic World: Dominion seemed on track to be ready for next summer, but it seems Universal might be reluctant to subject its tentpole franchise to the whims of audiences just starting to come back to the theaters. Considering how much is riding on the franchise’s continued success, including theme parks, animation and merchandising, Universal had to protect its prized asset. There’s still too much unknown for the industry at this point.
Director Colin Trevorrow and star Laura Dern have already optimistically tweeted about the move, hoping the delay will only heighten the anticipation. It will be continually more difficult, however, to find space in 2022 as more and more studios are pushing movies back further and further, as the pandemic continues to plague the United States. Prepare for a blockbuster bloodbath—let’s hope the dinosaurs can fend off extinction a little bit longer.