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Jurassic World

MARCH 6, 2024

Exciting news from NBCUniversal as they officially announce that the highly anticipated new installment of the Jurassic World franchise will commence filming this year at their very own Sky Studios Elstree in the UK. Scheduled for release in July 2025, anticipation is high for this blockbuster, with insider information suggesting that production will kick off this summer, although this remains unconfirmed by the studio at this time.

Last month, we reported that acclaimed filmmaker Gareth Edwards, known for his work on Godzilla, Rogue One, and The Creator, was in the final stages of negotiations to helm the project. This new installment promises to offer a fresh perspective on the Jurassic era, with fan-favorite cast members Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard not expected to return, alongside original trilogy stars Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill. Renowned screenwriter David Koepp has penned the script for this exciting venture.

The confirmation of filming at Sky Studios comes directly from Universal's sister company, Sky, which also lauded recent updates to UK government tax credits and business rates.

This marks the third major production to be hosted at Universal's Sky Studios venue, following in the footsteps of Wicked and Paddington 3, since its opening last year. While previous Jurassic World films have utilized Pinewood Studios in the UK, this latest installment will be breaking new ground.

Industry insiders estimate that the previous Jurassic film contributed significantly to the UK economy, generating over 2,000 jobs and an expenditure of £180 million. However, the looming possibility of an IATSE and Teamsters strike this summer raises concerns about the production's crew makeup and overall viability.

Executive-produced by Steven Spielberg through Amblin Entertainment, with Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley producing under Kennedy-Marshall, this project is in good hands. Universal's Executive Vice President of Production Development Sara Scott and Creative Executive of Production Development Jacqueline Garell will oversee the film's progress.

Dana Strong, CEO of Sky Group, expressed enthusiasm for the UK's updated tax credits and business rates, emphasizing their importance in supporting the thriving film and TV production sector. These changes bode well for future investments, including the proposed Sky Studios Elstree North and the filming of NBCUniversal's Jurassic World 4, promising continued growth and job opportunities in the UK film industry.

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