Updates on Jurassic Park IV – Marine Reptiles and All

Jurassic Park IV Due for Release in 2015

With problems over the filming now resolved it seems there has been new life breathed into the once extinct Jurassic Park IV movie and a new release date has been proposed.  Originally scheduled for June 13th 2014, the world-wide release of this long awaited film, the fourth in the Jurassic Park franchise, is likely to be summer 2015.  Although, there have been a number of leaks relating to the storyline the plot is a closely guarded secret.  However, it does seem that the action will mostly take part on the island of Isla Nublar, this was the location used largely for the first film in the franchise, the site of John Hammond’s dinosaur-themed safari park.

A source claims that the prehistoric animals shown in the movie will include marine reptiles for the first time.  There will be dinosaurs that had appeared in the previous films, the fearsome, over-sized Velociraptors and the monstrous T. rex, for example, but giant carnivorous sea monsters will make an appearance too.

Isla Nublar is now a fully operational theme park, a tourist attraction on a huge scale.  Theropod dinosaurs roam but they are muzzled.  In one sequence, a giant marine reptile will perform in a Sea-World like attraction, a sort of prehistoric version of Shamu the Killer Whale.  The huge beast leaps out of the water to devour a strung up Great White Shark, all for the pleasure of the tourists.  Looks like the shark from “Jaws” is put in its place in terms of the prehistoric pecking order.

There were certainly many very large and dangerous marine reptiles in the seas of the Mesozoic, Pliosaurs and Mosasaurs for example.  Tylosaurus (T. proriger) a Mosasaur whose fossils have been found in North America, may have reached lengths in excess of fourteen metres.  The Pliosaur, known as Liopleurodon (L. macromerus), may have been even bigger, perhaps twenty metres in length, although estimates of a weight in the region of 150 Tonnes in our view are a little excessive.

A Mosasaur Attacks a Pteranodon (P. longiceps)

Fearsome marine reptiles to feature in Jurassic Park IV

Fearsome marine reptiles to feature in Jurassic Park IV

Picture Credit: BBC Worldwide

Insiders claim that there will be a new type of dinosaur villain in this film, one that has not appeared in the previous three movies.  This dinosaur breaks out of its cage and rampages across the park, killing and eating a number of people that get in its way.  We at Everything Dinosaur have speculated what this new dinosaur might be – an Abelisaurid such as a Carnotaurus or a member of the Carcharodontosaurids (Great White Shark Lizards – back we go to “Jaws” again); a predatory dinosaur such as Carcharodontosaurus or perhaps a Giganotosaurus.

We shall have to wait and see.  Roll on 2015.

2 Responses to “Updates on Jurassic Park IV – Marine Reptiles and All”

  1. Rhiannon Short says:

    Hopefully Jurassic Park IV will inspire some more new Papo models!

    • Mike says:

      Plans are well advanced for Papo new releases for 2014. We are not able to reveal any information at this stage, things are under wraps until December, but the models proposed will continue to have that “Papo” look and no doubt if and when JP IV hits the screens models in 2016 will be strongly influenced by the film. Thanks for your comment.

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