New ‘Jurassic World 2’ Image: Is This Dinosaur Inc.’s Logo?

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Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return for 'Jurassic World 2'. Universal Studios

Since it’s not due until June 22, 2018, almost everything about Jurassic World 2 remains an open question. Director J.A. Bayona and co-writer Colin Trevorrow (who directed the first Jurassic World) have said little about the plot, but a great deal about the themes. And aside from returning characters Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), Owen (Chris Pratt) and Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong), the only Jurassic World 2 cast additions we know are Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith (The Get Down) and Toby Jones (that guy must be playing an evil scientist, right?).

But now we have the first image from the Jurassic World 2 set (it begins filming soon). Finally, something concrete, if incredibly vague:

At first it looks like the familiar Jurassic Park and Jurassic World logo, but its slight differences might have a lot to say about the plot of Jurassic World 2. Trevorrow has said that Jurassic World 2 will investigate dinosaurs used as weapons (hopefully more effectively than the first Jurassic World). Jurassic World 2 will go beyond the islands and its dinosaurs might even endanger our status as the dominant species on the planet.

Everything we know about the themes and plot of Jurassic World 2 promise that the series is finally moving beyond the theme parks. Instead, it looks as if the sequel will explore how dinosaurs and the attendant genetic technology will impact different facets of the world. And so this first image, with its logo, indicates just how divorced these new dinosaurs are from the consumer-facing, zoological attractions we’ve come to expect of the series. Instead we might just be looking at an expansive “Dinosaur Inc.” that inserts dinosaurs into every aspect of our economy.

There is no more need for names on your logo, because Jurassic World 2 isn’t about a single product, like a theme park. Jurassic World 2 won’t be about a park with a name, but a company probing for anywhere dinosaurs can be profitable.

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