Production started last month on the third installment of Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” the lear-distant sequel to the original 1990s “Jurassic Park” trilogy which was started by Steven Spielberg. When director Colin Trevorrow teased the start of photography for the movie in February with a photo of a clapper with the film title (and subtitle, in full “Jurassic World: Dominion”), sharp eyes might have noticed that the logo font did not use the “World” style from 2015, but the font of the “Park” movies from decades ago. That throwaway detail was significant after all, following the release of the first teaser poster for “Jurassic World: Dominion.”
As Screen Rant tells it, Universal Pictures just introduced the first teaser poster for “Jurassic World: Dominion,” third of the “Jurassic World” movies and sixth overall in the entire “Jurassic Park” film series from the 1993 original. Not only is it minimalistic – the title on a black background – it was also a cool throwback to the first three movies but most especially the original. Rather than the metallic 3D design of the 2015 “Jurassic World” logo, the “Dominion” version uses the “Jurassic Park” 2D font-style, as originating from the cover design of the original source novel by Michael Crichton.
The same goes for the T-Rex skeleton logo; the “World” version looks like it was a fossil hewn from rock, again due to the 3D effect. But for the third movie “Dominion” it also reverted to the era of the “Park” trilogy, with a black skeleton silhouette against a red background as plastered on the vehicles of the late John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough’s) original park vehicles. The design decision seems to put “Dominion” in the same position as “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” in becoming a climactic, even conclusive, chapter of the film franchise.
Such an assumption may not be far from the truth, if one considers the status of the franchise setting from the 2017 film “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” A series of incidents starting from the Jurassic Park/World island site being devastated by a volcanic eruption has led to many cloned dinosaurs escaping from captivity and making homes for themselves in environments where man with easily encounter them, leading to the birth of a “true” Jurassic World. The “Dominion” subtitle of the upcoming film can imply a final struggle between men and dinosaurs in either finding a balanced co-existence, or the extinction of either or both sides.
“Jurassic World: Dominion” combines “World” lead stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard with the original “Park” leads Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, under the direction of Colin Trevorrow. Universal Pictures expects to release the movie June 2021.
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