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Set Your Jello To Shake: Jurassic Park 4 Updates, Including Possible Plot Summary

Being huge Jurassic Park nerds here at The Mary Sue, we were sort of crushed to hear filming on Jurassic Park 4 had been halted. But thanks to recent stories about a possible plot summary, as well as a new intended release date, we’re back on the automated dinosaur tour track. 

We’re not really jumping up and down for another Jurassic Park film but we’re cautiously optimistic and will see it no matter what, so it was actually a good thing the JP4 was put on hold. They actually wanted to make it better.

But thanks to a recent banner ad, we now know the new release date. Writes /Film, “ComingSoon spotted a huge banner at Licensing Expo 2013 in Las Vegas today which features the Jurassic Park logo and the year “2015″. The film was originally set for a June 13th, 2014 release date before production was halted, so this isn’t an old date. Again, this could just be hopeful thinking on the part of Universal at this point as nothing has been officially announced.”

Another bit of news from a Licensing Expo book says JP4 will be shot in 3D. Meanwhile, says they know what direction the film will actually take:

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.

This is me right now.

But if you like this idea, don’t get too excited just yet. /Film says, “It’s worth pointing out that JoBlo‘s story refers to Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver as the writers of Jurassic Park 4. In fact, Trevorrow and Derek Connolly were behind the latest script rewrite. The details apparently come from an earlier draft by Jaffa and Silver that predates Trevorrow’s involvement.”

They do say their source claims a few of the details are the same, though we don’t know which besides the film returning to the original island. What do you think?

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  • Anonymous

    If this is indeed the plot, I feel like I wouldn’t have any empathy for characters at an actual dinosaur theme park. After three other dino-disasters with massive body counts, they’re kind of asking for it.

  • Anonymous

    They should make every dinosaur talk. All voiced by Eddie Murphy. It’ll be like Norbit but with dinosaurs. Just send me the check, Spielberg.

  • silvergray

    As long as it’s not a handheld found-footage type of movie, I’m in. I swear, if I see another camera shake film, I’m going to…

  • Renee Carter Hall

    Sort of a Jaws 3 vibe from that plot summary…

  • Chris L.

    Tame dinosaurs. What an exciting and original idea. Excuse me, while I go scream obscenities into my pillow…

  • Skemono

    Don’t tell me you wouldn’t see a live-action Dino-Riders movie.

  • Chris L.

    Yes, let’s resurrect an animal that went extinct millions of years ago so we can ride around on it.

    Okay, that DOES sound kind of cool…

  • Anonymous

    I feel like the only person that is actually really excited for Jurassic Park 4. Of course, I often feel like the only person that legitimately enjoyed Jurassic Park 3, so I guess that goes hand in hand.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I mentioned your comment to Susana and she says you should “come sit at our table” and proceeded to talk about how much she enjoys JP3. You are in good company here.



  • Anonymous

    Good to know I’m not alone :)

  • Krazy Joe

    JP3 was awesome!!

    The first JP was based on the book and had something to say. After that, you’re more or less done. It’s like Charlton Heston once said about ‘Planet of the Apes’ sequels — it just extends it into more “adventures among the monkeys”. (and there is nothing wrong with that). Likewise, JP becomes more ‘adventures among the dinos’. JP3 embraces that.

    JP2 tried hard to have something to say, but it came off as a bit preachy and overlong. JP3 embraced what it was: a big budget B-movie. And I love it for that.

    I’ve long said that I hope JP4 follows suit and continues down a B-movie/big budget creature feature road. I’d love JP4 to bring back Samual L Jackson’s Mr. Arnold as the main character. We saw his severed arm in the first film, but never actually saw him die. JP4 should have Mr. Arnold, now with a bionic robo-arm, returning to the island seeking revenge on the dino that took his arm.


  • Corey

    So Jurassic Park 4 is going to be about people fighting this new species of dinosaur with tamed T-rex’s and Raptors? Ohhh Goddamnit….Please don’t make the movie then.

  • Magic Xylophone

    Money finds a way.

    “but we’re cautiously optimistic”

    Mind if I ask why? Aside from the fact that both existent sequels are pretty weak, the plot sounds like utter crap with zero respect for continuity.

  • Magic Xylophone

    You didn’t find JP3 preachy?

  • Magic Xylophone

    Seriously. At least in Dinotopia, the dinosaurs cooperate with humans of their own accord.