Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, has been in the works for over a decade and is set to be released next summer. Taking place twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, this long-awaited film features the fully-functional dinosaur theme park that John Hammond dreamed of in the first movie.
Inside the Theme Park
Over the weekend, a prop brochure from the set of the new movie was leaked through the Twitter account of @Jurassicp2k15. Up until this point the film has been surrounded by secrecy, and the images of this brochure give us our first glimpse into the setting of the theme park and what thrills it has in store.
What we know so far is that the park will include a petting zoo, T-Rex feedings, a jungle trek, an aviary, a bamboo forest, a golf course, a glimpse into the creation labs, and amusement park rides which will no doubt cause screams. Guests can even venture into aquatic territory with an underwater observatory and a cretaceous cruise. Apparently comedian Jimmy Fallon is involved, as his name appears in the description for the Gyrosphere ride.
And what brochure would be complete without some product placement? Coca Cola, Starbucks, and Samsung have their brand names front and center beneath a description of the bracelet scanbands that VIP guests will be required to wear. I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to bet that those access-granting bracelets will encounter some technical malfunctions over the course of the movie.
Most exciting of all is the glimpse into which species of dinosaurs we can expect to see in the upcoming film. The list reveals some old favorites such as the T-Rex and the triceratops as well as some newcomers like the aquatic mosasaurus. Evidently the rumors are true and underwater dinosaurs do exist in Jurassic World. If the brochure is accurate, then we will finally get a sight of these long-anticipated underwater creatures. Now we can only wait and see what the filmmakers do with this exciting new addition.
When looking at this list, however, something is obviously missing: velociraptors. The absence of this memorable dinosaur species has caused an outcry among fans of the earlier movies, who view the velociraptor as a favorite staple of the franchise. While these leaked images of the prop brochure are in no way a final or official representation of what will or will not be included in the movie, such an obvious lack could imply that the filmmakers want to do something new or, alternatively, are withholding the velociraptors as a surprise. After all, what better way to rally the fans than an unexpected velociraptor attack? Right now, all we have access to are rumors, hints, and speculation, but no doubt more information about the film will be leaked to us over the next year.