The scuttle around Jurassic Park 4 has been all over the place, but there’s a few things that seem to be fact– the movie will be helmed by Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow, and that it’s no longer coming out in 2014 (2015, however, seems to remain a very viable option).
The new news is by no means fact– this could very well be bunk– but the often reliable JoBlo has broken the potential plot behind the new movie… here’s what they had to report:
JURASSIC PARK 4, set in present day Isla Nublar, is now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe – until it’s not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino’s for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there’s concept art showing one of the aquatic dino’s, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world.
As part of a show, you ask? That’s right, folks, this will feature “tamed” dino’s. In fact, our source indicated that the usually menacing Velociraptors (which will finally be muzzled, along with the T-Rex – until they’re not) will actually be used to help fight the threat, which begins in the form of a new dinosaur, not seen in any of the previous films (and not disclosed to us) shows to be much smarter than originally thought and is the main cause of havoc breaking out at the park.
So, to sum it all up, JURASSIC PARK 4 will take place back on Isla Nublar with a fully operational dinosaur theme park (I’m sure no expense was spared) that’s both prosperous and safe, until a new dinosaur figures out a way to wreak havoc, causing the use of the now tamed Velociraptors (and T-Rex? Unclear) as a means to fighting the threat.
This is all kind of interesting… it seems like a setup that could make JP4 decidedly unique from its three predecessors, but it also seems like a story that could very easily turn out bad. It’s not as risky as the human-dino hybrid bounty hunters of the now legendary unused script by John Sayles, but if this is the idea they opt for in the new movie, it will still manage to break the “what has science done” mold of the first three, and eliminating the need for a reluctant scientist hero for the first time in the life of the franchise.
As simple as the idea sounds, it honestly never occurred to me that a Jurassic Park movie could take place after the park had already opened and become a hit, but it makes a lot of sense. On the other hand, the trained Raptors could be the most absurd thing since Jeff Goldblum’s kid gymnastics-kicked one of them in the face in The Lost World… so who knows?
I’m game for pretty much anything when it comes to JP4— I feel the more this movie can distance itself from the format of the others, the better, and this plot sounds like it will offer that opportunity. Between this potentially cool story idea and a director with some chops, this movie could pretty easily surpass my admittedly low expectations.