Colin Trevorrow, the director for Jurassic Park IV, has confirmed via a Twitter post that there will not be feathered dinosaurs in the next Jurassic Park sequel.
"Among the many worries from fans for Universal's Jurassic Park 4 was the possibility that we could see dinosaurs covered in feathers, as opposed to dinos in their classic form. The last installment in the series, 2001's Jurassic Park III, featured velociraptors with feathers. However, Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow, who was recently hired to helm Jurassic Park 4, has taken to his Twitter account to confirm that there will be "no feathers" in the sequel. Trevorrow was reportedly chosen due to his love of the original trilogy and knowing how the world works. Are you happy with the decision to not include feathers?" - www.comicbookmovie.com/fansite…
As I stated in a recent previous journal entry (deinonychusempire.deviantart.c…), "In one regard, [...] 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." So obviously, I'm not butthurt about it but some paleo-enthusiasts have already taken a hart hit (chasmosaurs.blogspot.com/2013/…). Clearly, Trevorrow isn't a paleo-enthusiast like the lot of us. I will admit to being unsettled by the fact that rather than being a young director with fresh ideas, he's a young director and amateur Jurassic Park fanboy... Maybe even a BANDit. Nevertheless, he's making Jurassic Park IV a priority and that's more than can be said for anybody who's given the film any attention in the last ten years. The vibe I get is that even if he is an amateur fanboy and BANDit, he's not excluding feathered dinosaurs in spite of them but rather because he's an honest Jurassic Park fan who's respecting the Spielberg canon the most honest way he can. Some paleontologically literate Jurassic Park fans have attempted to explain in canonized feathered dinosaurs, but Trevorrow's decided that's not an appropriate route to take. Let's face it, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park are theme park monsters (as Alan Grant so eloquently stated in Jurassic Park III)--and I'll add, theme park monsters that were never genuinely dinosaurian even in-universe because they were mutated with frog DNA. Trevorrow evidently understands this, and is respecting that fact. They're monsters created to appease the general public, not educate the general public. That's a major them in the original Jurassic Park novel anyway. No, Jurassic Park IV isn't going to be the break we paleo-enthusiasts were hoping for but it will be Jurassic Park IV and we're finally getting it.
Consider this as well, what would feathered dinosaurs have looked like if they were going to be in Jurassic Park IV? If any of us were expecting Emily Willoughby-esque reconstructions (ewilloughby.deviantart.com/), I'd feel safe making a high bet against that. I have a sick feeling that they'd be more like those abominations in Terra Nova. Gluing feathers on a bipedal lizard doesn't make it an accurate coelurosaur, and I guarantee that's what Jurassic Park IV would have been like if it ventured into feathered dinosaur territory. Consider Trevorrow to be doing us paleo-enthusiasts a favor by keeping it old-school.