If it's true that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, then the geniuses who decided it would be a good idea to build another dinosaur safari park in next year's sequel Jurassic World are in for a whole world of trouble. With filming currently taking place in Hawaii, Jurassic World is set to join the crowd of major sequels that are arriving in theaters next summer.
Some details about Jurassic World's plot have already been hinted at. Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull recently said that it contains some of the same DNA that was seen in the original movie, and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) has said that his character, Owen, is like a combination of Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm. Jurassic World can't completely rely on invoking Jurassic Park's magic, however, and many fans are keen to know what new elements will be brought to the table.
Some new rumored details regarding the plot of Jurassic World have now arisen over at JoBlo, in the wake of a similar batch of tidbits for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. As with that story, these details are currently unconfirmed and are not particularly spoilerific, but those who would prefer to go into the movie totally blind may prefer to give them a miss.
[Warning: Possible mild SPOILERS for Jurassic World ahead.]
This latest batch of rumors expands upon JoBlo's rumor set from last summer, which was later said to be based on a version of the script that had since been drastically revised. At the time it was said that Jurassic World would feature aquatic dinosaurs, and that the formerly vicious and terrifying velociraptors would make a return as vicious, terrifying, tamed velociraptors, which help the humans to fight off a new kind of dinosaur, not seen before in any of the previous movies.
Among other details, the latest rumors specify that the new kind of dinosaur is... a Frankensteinosaur! Alright, that's not what it's actually called (as far as we know), but it is a monster that is created by splicing T-Rex DNA together with raptor, snake, and cuttlefish DNA in order to create a new super-dinosaur that, of course, manages to get loose and wreak havoc. Perhaps Trevorrow and his fellow screenwriters looked at other current releases, like Pacific Rim and Godzilla, and decided that regular dinosaurs just won't be enough to impress audiences any more.
According to this new report, Jurassic World will have dino-on-dino violence as the Frankensteinosaur faces off against a "tamed" T-Rex and raptors. Thanks to its spliced DNA, this new creation will apparently have a highly flexible snake-like jaw, the intelligence of a raptor, the ferocity of a T-Rex and the camouflage abilities of a cuttlefish. And the soul of a poet? We'll see.
There were a few more tibdits offered in the report, specifically relating to the design of the park that was shown in concept art. The new and improved dinosaur safari will apparently have a ride called the "Gyrosphere" that allows visitors to ride around in the wild and get up close to the dinosaurs. There will also be a hologram information center that explains the process of de-extinction, and a petting zoo for when the kids just went to cuddle up to a scaly, toothy, test-tube dinosaur. Rather than being an early prototype, this version of the park is up and running and already one of the most popular theme parks in the world.
If true, this would be a pretty organic direction for the franchise to take. The idea of dinosaur DNA being spliced together with other animals has been in the franchise ever since the first movie, when it was explained that the DNA of other animals was used to fill in the missing gaps in dinosaur DNA (which led to some unintended consequences, like dinosaurs that were able to breed). It's to be expected that scientists would eventually push this kind of splicing too far.
Do you like this description of Jurassic World's plot, or are you hoping the rumor turns out to be false?
Jurassic World is out in theaters on June 12, 2015.