Malta has been used for years as a canvas for creative ideas by Hollywood directors. Jurassic World, one of the most popular cinema titles, will start being shot in Malta at the end of this month. This will be the fifth sequel in the series – Jurassic World: Dominion, with a budget in excess of 127 million euro.
Despite the new reality of coronavirus, Films Commissioner Johann Grech told Television Malta that the health authorities and Universal Pictures have adopted a set of mitigation measures to safeguard public health during the shooting, including among others a swab test every three days for every person involved, including the actors.
“Public health is a priority for us and for the studios. We are working together with the health authorities and Universal Pictures to prepare a set of protocols. I would like to put everyone’s mind at rest that health comes first; however, we have to continue working in order not to lose our competitive edge.”
The Films Commissioner added that the pandemic has negatively affected the film industry the world over, adding that efforts had intensified in recent months to ‘save’ the work that had been targeted for Malta.
“We have been working for over a year with Universal Pictures. This production will provide employment for over 1,000 crew in Malta. I believe the film industry will be one of the first industries to recover. In this way, we will continue to attract more productions to the country, as well as more work for those wanting to shoot in Malta.”
Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli told Television Malta that apart from Jurassic World: Dominion, the Films Commission in Malta is expecting nine international productions for this year. The Minister added this means that if these films are shot in Malta, they would translate into the creation of more jobs in the country.