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

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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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."