Jurassic Park 4, which is due to be released in June next year, will feature a previously unseen dinosaur — but the dinosaurs won’t have feathers, it has been announced this week.
The film’s consulting paleontologist Jack Horner, who has worked on all three of the previous Jurassic Park films, has stated that the movie will feature a brand-new dinosaur but kept the details completely hidden by saying: “I can’t actually tell you who that will be.”
The original film, released in the summer of 1993, was adapted from a novel written by the late Michael Crichton and won an astonishing three Oscars, something completely unheard of for a sci-fi/horror/adventure film.
Jurassic Park 4 has however, already caused controversy among several leading palaeontologists, who are shall we say, more than annoyed that the dinosaurs will not feature feathers, as there have been numerous pieces of evidence, since the first film was released in 1993, that suggested many of the creatures did indeed have feathers. This was documented in Jurassic Park 3, back in 2001, when the famous Velociraptors were modified from the first two films to feature a crest of feathers. Since then, it has been noted that Velociraptors were in fact covered in soft, downy feathers.
Colin Trevorrow, who previously worked on the Sundance Festival hit Safety Not Guaranteed was announced as director of the fourth installment of the franchise earlier this year and published on Twitter earlier this month: “No feathers. #JP4”.
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