Jurassic Park 4 in the works. Hell yes!

A couple of weeks ago, Brian Switek, dinosaur blogger with Smithsonian asked: ‘Why do we keep going back to Jurassic Park?’ That’s pretty easy to answer: because dinosaurs are freaken awesome and they should be in everything. That’s why I loved the weird dinosaur interlude in the middle of The Tree of Life. I wanted that allegory about mercy/bullying/survival of the fittest to just go on and on. And perhaps less random pictures of the universe, but never mind about that now. Switek says that the script for the next Jurassic Park will revolve genetic tampering. Then he talks about a Chickenosaurus. Can’t bloody wait.

Rumors about the film [Jurassic Park IV] have been circulating for a while, but when I met him by chance last month at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, palaeontologist and Jurassic Park scientific adviser Jack Horner mentioned that Spielberg has a good story in mind for the next film. Horner even dropped a significant clue as to what the movie is going to be about. “They’ve already brought dinosaurs back…,” he said, “so how could they make the dinosaurs scarier?” The answer is further genetic tampering. Horner also hinted that his 2009 book How to Build a Dinosaur was originally meant to come out at the same time as the fourth Jurassic Park as a kind of scientific companion volume. For those who haven’t read it, the book details Horner’s scientific efforts to take a living dinosaur—a chicken—and turn the bird into something that more closely resembles a non-avian, theropod dinosaur. This isn’t mad science. By reverse engineering “dinosaurian” traits in a bird, scientists might be able to detect how genes and development interacted with anatomy in the evolutionary transformation from non-avian dinosaur to avian dinosaur. The resulting “Chickenosaurus” would be a flashy bonus to our increased understanding of how evolution works.

(Credits: Image via Horror Bid. Qute via Smithsonian)

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