‘Jurassic Park 4′ Director Talks New Dinosaur, Plot Rumors and Justifying the Movie

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Jurassic Park 4 is a project where pre-production has been a rough stop-and-go process for more than a decade. The fourth installment in the 20-year old sci-fi franchise – started by director Steven Spielberg’s landmark blockbuster adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel about a “biological preserve” populated by human-engineered dinosaurs – looks to finally make its way into theaters in 2015, under the supervision of director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed).

Trevorrow is keeping tight-lipped on spoilers ahead of principal photography on JP4, which is expected to compete in the intimidating Summer 2015 derby – going against tentpole events like The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII and Terminator 5 – and will be the first Jurassic Park installment shot in 3D. However, that doesn’t mean the director isn’t above talking about the film in more general terms (read: drumming up interest for the movie).

The Jurassic Park 4 director showed up as a guest on the Jurassic Park Podcast this past week, where he took a series of general questions concerning the project’s status and his feelings towards the Jurassic Park movie property. On the subject of what is his favorite dino featured in the film series to date, Trevorrow replied (via Bleeding Cool):

“What is my favourite dinosaur? We have a new one that’s pretty cool. I’m not going to tell you anything about it, but… it’s pretty badass. I think Jack Horner said something about that too… I feel like, obviously, everyone’s favourite is the T-Rex and there’s just something so iconic about that animal.”

Horner, for those not aware, is a renowned paleontologist who is consulting on JP4, having previously served as a scientific consultant for the first three Jurassic Park installments and the dinosaur-heavy TV series Terra Nova produced by Spielberg. Earlier this year, he did indeed tease that JP4 will feature a new dino addition that he promises will make people “want to keep the lights on after you see this movie” – something which prompted us to put together this ’10 New Dinosaurs You Could See’ list for the movie.

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Jurassic Park III introduced the Spinosaurus – pictured in the still above – to the Jurassic Park franchise, but the carnivorous dino was saddled with the difficult task of outshining the Tyrannosaurs Rex – an iconic movie creature in its own right, as Trevorrow points out. The Spino in JP3 was a mixed success, when it came to instilling new life into the dinosaurs vs. humans game. However, this new “badass” monster being introduced in JP4 might do best if it’s not designed to “replace” the iconic Jurassic Park predators like the T-Rex and Veolociraptors (in movie form, not the real-world versions, mind you).

Speaking of Rexes and Raptors, Trevorrow commented on the rumor that JP4 will feature trained versions of said creatures:

“I saw some of the rumours on the internet and I would have all kinds of red flags going off if I heard they were going to muzzle a T-Rex. So I would say don’t believe everything you read, there are way more insiders on the internet than there are in real life.”

Those details were included as part of a Jurassic Park 4 plot summary that leaked online this past June, followed by an update from reliable sources that the information had been taken from a script draft that Trevorrow has performed some “major revisions” on. Arguably, there were some interesting sci-fi ideas and concepts inherent to the premise for that screenplay – which may or may not have been an early draft written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). That is to say, one hopes that the baby doesn’t get thrown out with the bathwater, as Trevorrow whips the script into shape.

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On a related note: given the time between installments, many casual moviegoers and cinephiles alike have been able to stop and think about if a fourth Jurassic Park movie is something that should happen (See what I did there? Sorry…). We even raised that question, back when Trevorrow’s version of the project was pushed back to allow for additional development.

For his part, Trevorrow is aware that he needs to deliver the goods:

“It’s important to make a movie for the fans but I also have to remember that there’s a lot of people who just couldn’t care less and need me to make a solid case for why the hell there’s a Jurassic Park 4 in the first place and I want to make a movie for them too… This is not a paycheck gig for me and it’s not the movie that I’m making so I can make the movies that I really want to make. I actually want to make a kick-ass Jurassic Park movie.”

In a previous interview, Trevorrow voiced a similar desire to honor the Jurassic Park movie legacy - with assistance from Spielberg, who Trevorrow has indicated is taking a hands-on approach as an executive producer on the fourth installment. Feelings towards the JP sequels – The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III - tend to veer towards the mixed-to-negative, but there are also many a fan who grew up loving the trilogy and want to see JP4 turn out well. So far, Trevorrow have given off the impression that he’s making an admirable effort to accomplish just that (if nothing else).

Are you still interested in seeing Jurassic Park 4? Will life find a way… for this long-delayed installment to turn out okay?


Jurassic Park 4 is expected to reach theaters by Summer 2015.

Source: Jurassic Park Podcast, Bleeding Cool

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  1. Am I interested in Jurassic Park 4? Hell yeah, it’s about time we saw dinosaurs back on the big screen. I think Colin’s mind on the situation is right on the money. Instead of saying the sequel will be bigger and better (Lost World, JP3), he’s playing it small and focusing on few dinosaurs, it’s one of the many things that made the first film so brilliant. My second most anticipated movie of 2015.

    I also enjoyed Safety Guaranteed, great movie.

    • You liked it so much you forgot the actual name ;-)

      • Safety *Not Guaranteed aha

  2. Trevorrow it’s the only reason I’m excited about this movie. I really wanted him to get
    Star Wars over Abrams, but I’ll take JP4.

    I’m as stoked him as I am about Edwards getting Godzilla.

  3. ”Godzilla” is my most anticipated film of 2014.

    Jurassic park 4 is a mixed bag… I hated that they killed off T-Rex for Spinosaurus in JP3. Spino was a cool ”addition” but a terrible ”replacement” for T-Rex.

    T-Rex and the Raptors are the stars of Jurassic park. They shouldn’t hog all the spotlight but you should always remember there what kids want to see.

    Another (New Predator) is a bit of a turn off, rumors of the story are average at best. I’ll with-hold judgement for now.. but after my major disappointment of JP3 it’ll take a lot to bring me on board for another Jurassic park.

  4. I think the new Dinosaur is going to be Giganotosaurus. That’s one of the few other dinosaurs that surpass T-Rex in size. Not to mention that it is a pack hunter, in contrast to T-Rex’s solitary nature, and that’s a beast not to be trifled with.

    • Godzillasaurus

      • That’s fictional.

  5. While I think making a fourth movie is a great idea, I also believe that it will end up tanking.

  6. Screw the sequel. Do the reboot. Restart franchise.

    • Another unnecessary remake? NO THANK YOU!

    • I wouldn’t be up for a reboot. The first Jurassic Park is one of the only films that actually hold up 20 years later in all story, visuals, acting and direction.

    • The only way that would work is if the reboot was a more faithful adaption of the book.

  7. Iam with the godzilla comment and so far iam motivated to see it in imax
    Format. But Godzilla now has to prove that it can at least outgross the 1998 godzilla and 2001 jurassic park 3. As long as the monster is restored to its glory
    and the cheaply acquired lead talent (johnson and olson) can perform better then last cast in 1998 maybe we have a new franchise.

    • +1 For Carnotaurus although I’m not sure it has a distinct behavioral niche that isn’t fulfilled by Raptors/T-rex.

      I hope they don’t sanitize the gore into PG-13 Oblivion, so sick of the short sighted ‘asses on seats above all else’ paradigm ruining any sense of realism or horror in movies today.

      Strictly no more cheesy kid saves the day with latent unappreciated talent family moments – revolting plot devices.

  8. Hold on..

    “Terminator 5″ is being recognized as a tentpole release, but Man of Steel’s sequel isn’t?

    • Ha, far from it, I just didn’t feel the need to list every tentpole coming out in Summer 2015 (ex. Batman vs. Superman, Independence Day 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, etc.).

  9. This and Godzilla are the films which ill probably go see summer.

    • I mean This summer.

      • I meant next summer. Skreeonk!

  10. They actually have a real paleontologist consulting them for these movies,, how?? I hope people are aware that the Velociraptors from these movies never even existed,, well some form of them did but they were about the size of a chicken,, I felt like my childhood was ruined when I found this out

    • Deinonychus is pretty similar, and given the dinosaurs were genetically modified, it’s nothing to really fret over.

  11. Justifying the movie? Doing it for the fans? Yep, that’s why movies in Hollywood get made. Not to MAKE HUGE PROFITS delivering the bare minimum to get people in seats, mind you. Nope.

    So, I’d like to thank, thank-diddy-thank thank thank, Hollywood for thinking of me. Yet AGAIN!!! Snicker.

  12. Jurassic Park 4 needs to be a crossover with Transformers 4. Think about it. The entire Jurassic Park island was a decepticon ruse to hide the………dinobots. It’s perfect!!

  13. I was REALLY excited about the idea that the new movie would feature an up and running “OPEN TO THE PUBLIC” Jurassic Park. It is both disappointing and angering to hear that this was nothing but masturbatory fan-fiction.

  14. I have two “requirements” for a successful JP4.

    1. Practical and CGI must be used properly. Effects are a tool for bringing the film to life, not a CGI-fest from hell please.

    2. I agree with some of the above comments about the realism and violence. They MUST be present to effectively “sell” the believability of this film. And, it is NOT too late to have some usage of the graphic violence and GUNS that are in the books. Anyone with half a damn brain in their skull would NOT go to this DANGEROUS AS HELL place without weapons. And USE them to effect against animals that want nothing more than to eviscerate humans. The real world has guns, Mr. Spielberg. Please make any political statements elsewhere. Thanks.

    • I haven’t read the book (I should get to that, apparently it’s amazing) but wouldn’t guns attract other dinos nearby?

      • I’m not trying to me mean or rude, but that comment has absolutely no merit. You might as well say the same thing about The Walking Dead. The weapons simply have to be used, in a smart, and efficient manner. I would think many of the dinos would be attracted to a LOT more things the humans were doing than being attracted to gunshots. If anything, most would run, as most animals do anyway, at the sudden loud report of a gun.

        • You’re right, most animals would run away. I was actually thinking of Walking Dead when typing the comment, reason why i thought it’d attract other animals (gunshots attracts hordes of zombies), specifically raptors, i would think anyways. Like you said, it’d still be wise to carry a few guns. Also, didn’t they use guns in all films apart from JP3?

          Hopefully this comment contains a bit of merit. Didn’t think i had to back up a simple question. What was i thinking?

          • Cold, yes they had guns in every one, NONE of which EVER killed a dinosaur. The only thing close was a tranquilizer that brought down the T-Rex. The most violent thing about JP3 was the the huge gun that can blow up a plane, but of course that never hit a 2 story tall creature. Real believable. And Grant in JP couldn’t hit 2 raptors through a window with a shotgun!

            User897 I completely agree with you. I was one of the above comments about this exact issue. Hopefully Treverrow does right by us fans. At the same token, I do hope there are scenes that show the beauty and wonder of such majestic animals. The introduction to Jurassic Park in the original was nothing short of amazing and seeing the Brachiosuarus like that was a clever way to introduce the audience to it. The CGI in that movie was perfect, it never looked fake and never interfered with the action.

  15. Troodon! From the jurassic park game by telltalegames!!

    They are creepy, and would make me keep the lights on…. Like a horror movie dinosaur.

    • Alfred, totally man! You said it perfectly, Crichton’s original stories really nailed the “responsibility of humans” aspect but they also had proper action in them.

      I am REALLY hoping it’s Carnotaurus as the new dino, it was terrifying to read about in The Lost World novel.

  16. I liked the first one. Thats it.

  17. I think muzzling the dinosaurs would make Jurassic World a complete failure. Being a harsh critic on movies I think they need to produce something of the same quality as Jurassic Park 1