'Jurassic World: Dominion' Delays Summer 2021 Release to 2022

Courtesy of Universal
The tentpole is the latest Hollywood event pic to shift course yet again because of the pandemic.

Jurassic World: Dominion is stomping into 2022.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment announced Tuesday that the tentpole is vacating its June 11, 2021, release date following production delays and continued uncertainty amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Dominion, the latest installment in the revived dino-franchise, will instead open on the big screen on June 10, 2022.

The event pic was among numerous movies whose production scheduled was impacted by the pandemic. Currently, it is about three weeks from wrapping principal photography in the U.K. The movie was among the first pics to resume production in late summer.

Studio insiders say Dominion is a huge priority for NBCUniversal. The franchise boasts a myriad of theme park tie-ins, merchandising partnerships, live events and more. Universal and Amblin want to ensure that deadlines for retail partners can be met.

On Monday, Warner Bros. likewise made a number of changes to its calendar, many of which are due to production delays. The release of The Batman, for example, is being delayed from Oct. 1, 2021 to 2022.

Jurassic World: Dominion reunites director Colin Trevorrow with stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles as Dr. Ellie Sattler, Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ian Malcolm. The film also stars an international cast including Mamoudou Athie, Scott Haze, Dichen Lachman, Daniella Pineda, Campbell Scott, Isabella Sermon, Justice Smith, Omar Sy, DeWanda Wise and BD Wong.

Joining the Jurassic team for the first time is screenwriter Emily Carmichael, who has crafted the Jurassic World: Dominion script with Trevorrow. They worked off of a story by Derek Connolly and Trevorrow, who together co-wrote Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Trevorrow directed 2015’s Jurassic World, which went on to gross $1.67 billion worldwide and is the sixth-highest-grossing film in cinema history. The Jurassic franchise, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, has grossed more than $5 billion collectively at the worldwide box office, not adjusted for inflation.