‘Jurassic Park 4’ Adds New Dinosaur To Cast

Jurassic Park 4 won’t be hitting theaters until June 13, 2014, but that shouldn’t stop buzz from building with a 3D re-release of the original due in theaters on April 5 and a new tidbit regarding a cast member for next year’s sequel.

(And no, we’re not talking a human cast member.)

While filmmakers aren’t showing their hand on which species will be terrorizing audiences next summer, they have promised something of horrific proportions.

In comments to USA Today on Wednesday, paleontologist and film consultant Jack Horner said, “I can’t actually tell you who that will be. But you’ll want to keep the lights on after you see this movie.”

(Thanks for nothing, Horner.)

What the character won’t be, thankfully, is a dino-humanosaur. That idea had been kicked around eight years ago, but has since been debunked, according to ScreenRant.

Frankly, the concept art is pants-wettingly terrifying, but how could you put creatures like these into what would likely be a PG-13-rated movie? You can’t without losing something in the process.

As with the first film, Horner will consult on next year’s extravaganza, and while the man may suck at spoilers, he’s certainly been an asset to the series, especially with his work on the first film.

Film historian Randy Haberkamp of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called the original Jurassic Park “a game-changer,” adding that Horner and Spielberg’s visualizations “shook people up 20 years ago.”

Haberkamp also applauded the use of computer effects in the film, crediting Jurassic Park for the digital effects revolution. “It made the entire effects industry, not to mention the movie-going public, sit up and take notice.”

Unfortunately, it also resulted in a lot of sub-par work — [cough] Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Tatooine race scene and that godawful moment when James Bond surfs the tidal wave in Die Another Day [cough cough].

Haberkamp does have a point in praising the original’s effects, however.

What mostly made the creations so powerful was the mix of computer animation at long distances and physical creations for closeups. Hopefully, new director and Safety Not Guaranteed helmsman Colin Trevorrow will get the message.

(The original film’s director Steven Spielberg will executive-produce, so there’s hope.)

Are you up for Jurassic Park 4, and will you be checking out the 3D version of the original when it hits theaters and IMAX on Friday? Check out the (non-3D) trailer while you decide: