Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has a new genetically-engineered dinosaur - the Indoraptor - but is what makes this new horror so terrifying human DNA? The Jurassic Park franchise is predicated on John Hammond's goal to "spare no expense," so it makes sense that each sequel would push boundaries and explore new avenues to heighten the already-inconceivable notion of living dinosaurs. Unfortunately, the scientists in this series never seem to learn limits.
Since the very first Jurassic Park, the franchise has showcased the evolution of dinosaur hybrids. In the first Jurassic Park, it involved dinosaur and frog DNA; in The Lost World, we saw more physical proof of "life finding a way" with gender mutation and breeding; in Jurassic Park III, audiences get a look at InGen's abandoned compound, where illegal cloning was taking place; and in Jurassic World, the first official genetically modified hybrid dinosaur not based on a real creature - the Indominus Rex - was introduced.
So, where does a franchise that has reached its fifth entry go from here? How else can the series further explore the dangers of genetic meddling? In the hands of scientists with unlimited resources, the sky is the limit (though in this case, the limit might be humanity itself).
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Jurassic Park 4 Was Meant To Feature Human-Dino Hybrids
Before Jurassic World, a direct sequel Jurassic Park 4 was being conceived with screenwriters William Monahan and John Sayles. Both celebrated screenwriters (Monahan had just won an Oscar for The Departed around this time), their concept ultimately turned out to be a major departure from the original trilogy, delving into some daring—if not deranged—territory.
In the first half of the script, there were all the trappings of a traditional Jurassic Park experience: the return of John Hammond, revisiting Isla Nublar, dinosaurs escaping from containment. However, the plot takes a decidedly unexpected turn once a mysterious scientific facility reveals that they've successfully spliced together dinosaur and human DNA. The result? Dinosaurs walking on their hind legs, equipped with oversized machine guns. When Amblin Entertainment saw the concept art of these dinosaurs, it reportedly led to them shutting down the project altogether, thus forcing a new creative team to take a crack at the sequel. That said, certain details from the Monahan/Sayles script weren't completely left on the cutting room floor.
For example, Jurassic World's Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt) may as well be a carbon copy of Jurassic Park 4's main character, Nick Harris. He's an ex-soldier tasked with training a group of specialized dinosaurs (only in this case, they're not velociraptors, but hybrids). Also in that early draft is an active volcano threatening to destroy the island, something that is - albeit with differing motivations - return in Fallen Kingdom. There's also hints of a secret scientific facility on the island, which again mirrors an underground base from Jurassic Park 4 tasked with creating a new hybrid species of dinosaur. The script may be dead, but its ideas live on.
The Jurassic World Trilogy Is About Humans Meddling With Nature
In Jurassic World, the Indominous Rex was never just a theme park attraction. It was designed to boost sales at the Jurassic World theme park, but its head creator Dr. Henry Wu made an under-the-table deal with InGen's Security Division commander Vic Hoskins for military purposes. So, from the get-go, it was little more than a weaponized monster. In Fallen Kingdom, these morsels of information will undoubtedly come to light. Wu is last seen leaving the island with some hybrid dinosaur embryos, and before his death, Hoskins acknowledges the benefit of a smaller I-Rex—which naturally leads to the creation of the Indoraptor.
This is nothing new. The finer details are, sure, but the franchise's overall theme has remained consistent: humans playing God, and failing. No matter the level of meddling, the results are always the same; dinosaurs go out of control and those unlucky to get in the way pay the price for scientific meddling. Despite how innovative and brilliant they all might be, they never learn. By Jurassic World, Wu is little more than Dr. Frankenstein, splicing together the "best" bits and pieces of various dinosaurs and animals to create what ultimately turn out to be abominable killing machines. What's worse is that, despite recurring repercussions on massively violent scales, he persists, showing no signs of restraint.
With those pieces in place - and it known there are a lot of spoilers hidden by the trailers - there's definitely the grounding to suggest that the Indoraptor is a little more "familiar".
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018