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It's finally happening, Jurassic Park IV is out of development hell and slated for theatrical release June 13th, 2014. Steven Spielberg is going to produce, but as far as I know there's no information on the director or cast yet. I'll be honest, I'd lost hope. I lasted a while, though. But after one too many hoaxes and fruitless public statements, not to mention the deaths of many notable individuals associated with the Jurassic Park franchise, I began to think Jurassic Park was extinct (excuse the lame pun).

So what does the confirmation of Jurassic Park IV mean for the franchise? Enough time has passed to where Jurassic Park IV will inevitably introduce a new generation to the franchise itself and dinosaurs in general. And in ten to fifteen years time there might be a whole new crowd of budding paleontology enthusiasts crediting their life passion to having seen Jurassic Park IV in theaters when they were adolescents. The internet will explode with a revival in the fan community, it will certainly be the dawn of fantastic new Jurassic Park fan communities. And all of that is absolutely fantastic. However, as a 90s kid who grew up with the effects Jurassic Park had on society when the first movie hit theaters in 1993, which are still evident even now nearly twenty years later, I understand how dangerous Jurassic Park IV will potentially be. The first movie was a blockbuster, and revolutionized society's perception of dinosaurs. That being said, twenty years later the paleontology of Jurassic Park is severely outdated and yet society remains grounded in 20th century science because their understanding of dinosaurs and prehistoric life in general is ignorantly restricted to what the media conveys. And everything in popular media since Jurassic Park has to some degree been a reflection of Jurassic Park's now outdated paleontology. Jurassic Park IV will cause the same effect that Jurassic Park did in 1993: it's depiction of dinosaurs will ingrain itself into society and remain so until another dinosaur movie makes it big and overwrites what will by then surely be the "severely outdated paleontology of 2014."

Let's break it down, there are three possibilities. Either Jurassic Park IV will 1) uphold Spielberg continuity by depicting it's dinosaurs the way they were depicted in the first three films, 2) attempt to convey a "revolutionized" understanding of dinosaurs by bullshitting the concept of feathered dinosaurs like Terra Nova did or 3) hire and actually listen to decent consultants and portray truly revolutionary depictions of 99% scientifically accurate dinosaurs. Despite the inevitable canonicity issues, the third possibility would make paleontology enthusiasts like me happy. We're looking forward to the day when we won't have to deal with Jurassic Park-style pseudosaurs anymore. Unfortunately, the second possibility to me seems the most likely. Paleontologist Jack Horner, who consulted for the first three Jurassic Park movies, asserted in a recent interview, "We've learned that dinosaurs were colourful, we've learned that dinosaurs were feathered. We've learned a lot about dinosaur behaviours, we've learned there's a difference in how juveniles look and adults look… Jurassic Park 4 will look very different than Jurassic Park 3." That may sound good initially, but it almost resonates what Jack Horner said about Terra Nova, which he also consulted for. And let's be honest, "Nycoraptor" doesn't cut it for a remotely accurate 21st century representation of dromaeosaurs regardless of it's feathering (spoilertv.co.uk/images/cache/a….

In one regard, as a [former] Jurassic Park fan I'd prefer it if the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park IV justified the Spielberg continuity. But in another regard, as a paleontological enthusiast I want Jurassic Park IV to have a positive impact on society's contemporary understanding of dinosaurs. It's a coin toss.

-Rick Charles
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AmericanRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is old, but I did a little searching, and it appears Horner wasn't the only one on the JP team who wanted feathered dinosaurs. According to an old article, Stan Winston, before his death, said if he ever got to work on JP4, he'd include feathered raptors.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, I hope they're accurate!
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AmericanRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way, I picked up the source from Dan's JP3 Page:

"Stan Hints at JP4, Again
A few reports coming in from people who watched "Dinosaur Secrets Revealed" on The History Channel tonight: Apparently in the final 15 minutes of the show, Jack Horner and Stan Winston are talking about feathered dinosaurs, and Jack mentions that he wishes the Veliciraptors in JP3 were completely covered in feathers. Stan replies, "In the third JP we didn't go feathered dinosuar just because there didn't seem to be the proper place for it... So in Jurassic Park 4 (holds up four fingers) [happens] -- when we do the feathered dinosaurs -- I'll be happy to put the feathers on." (Thanks TJS, SOCL, and 'jurassiraptor') "
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AmericanRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, that's probably gonna depend on Horner, or the new director...
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Spinozilla97 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm... I mostly agree... But, have you ever considered this possibility:
The first dinosaurs created by InGen were not "true" dinosaurs, which means that they were unlike their prehistoric counterpants. Many gaps in their DNA sequence had been filled with amphibian DNA and genetic material from other reptilian species. As InGen uncovered more DNA it is logical that it would proceed to make a newer version of each dinosaur. This is how the differences between the Nublar and Sorna raptors can be explained("V. nublarensis" and "V. sornaensis").
There is a slight possibility that InGen continued its "dinosaur research" secretely, just like it did on Isla Sorna. There is no evidence to support such a thing, though.
So, here are all the possible plots I've thought in all these years:
:bulletred: Dinosaurs getting off the island(on their own, or maybe even because of wildlife smuggling)
:bulletred: The US military conducting experiments on dinosaurs(creating B.O.W.s)
:bulletred: A rival corporation trying to exploit InGen's dinosaur research or the creatures themselves.
:bulletred: And, finally... extinction(yeah, that's right, people trying to wipe out the dinosaurs)

I'm pretty sure there are many more(and probaly better) possible scenarios for JP4.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't dwell too much in fandom explanation anymore, because it gets messy and contradictory. I'd rather the movies themselves provide the explanations.
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abekowalski Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not fanon, the true Deinonychus exists in the Film Canon: [link]
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What are you getting at?
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abekowalski Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That because the correctly proportioned Deinonychus antirrhopus existed in the films as Velociraptor antirrhopus (because GSPaul taxonomy), that there must've been something that had happened to the dinosaurs that genetically altered them into the public perception of dinosaurs and not how science perceived them.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well yes, and the original novel did explain that pretty well and I accept it as a legitimate explanation. But I'm not concerned with explanations for the outdated/inaccurate dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park canon. What I'm concerned about is whether or not the portrayals in Jurassic Park IV will amend society's perception of dinosaurs for the following generations. Because as we've seen with the first Jurassic park film, such a prestigious franchise has an enormous impact on the cultural understanding of the creatures that only true enthusiasts like us really respect for what they actually were.
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