“Nothing in Jurassic World is natural! We have always been filling the gaps in the genome with the DNA of other animals. And if their genetic code was pure, many of them would look a lot different.”
Dr. Henry Wu, Jurassic World
It is common knowledge that the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park franchise are not fully scientifically accurate. None of them had feathers and several of them looked different from their prehistoric counterparts. In Jurassic World, it was revealed that the reason why the cloned dinosaurs looked nothing like their templates was because they were not pure-blooded carbon copies of the originals. When InGen cloned their dinosaurs, they would use frog DNA to fill in the gene sequence gaps in the prehistoric DNA. By the time of Jurassic World, scientists were able to include genes from snakes, cuttlefish, and scorpionfish in the dinosaurs’ genetic makeup. Due to all this foreign genes in their DNA, the Jurassic Park dinosaurs were unable to authentically resemble their prehistoric counterparts. Fortunately, that plot hole is going to be rectified in Jurassic World: Dominion, which will feature a prologue that portrays scientifically accurate dinosaurs with feathers. Such specimens include Dreadnoughtus, Quetzalcoatlus, Pteranodon, Ankylosaurus, Natsutoceratops, Iguanodon, Oviraptor, Moros Intrepidus, Giganotosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is a big deal for several of these dinosaurs to appear on the big screen and not just because they are more scientifically accurate. Moros Intrepidus was only discovered and named two years ago and it made its big screen debut in record time. Despite being a larger and more powerful predator than Tyrannosaurus Rex, Giganotosaurus never appeared on the big screen before until now. Even though Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared in countless dinosaur films, its feathered version never appeared on the big screen before. In addition, this preview will reveal the origin story of the original Tyrannosaurus Rex from Jurassic Park. Overall, this preview is going to look like a more high quality version of Walking With Dinosaurs and I cannot wait to see it next week.
“God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.”
Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
It has come to my attention that Jurassic Park has a number of references to the Bible, which were more prominent in Fallen Kingdom. The Book of Genesis was heavily referenced in Fallen Kingdom to highlight a new beginning where humanity’s attempts to play God result in the rise of life forms that will challenge their role as the dominant species on the planet. These references are often inverted and reversed from the original version. The first Jurassic World referenced the story of Cain and Abel when the Indominus Rex killed its sibling. While Cain and Abel were brothers, the Indominus Rex and its sibling were sisters. In an early draft of Fallen Kingdom, the Indoraptor was supposed to have a Cain and Abel moment when it murders its sibling. In the Bible, the male Adam’s rib bone was removed in order to create the female Eve. In Fallen Kingdom, the rib of the female Indominus Rex was used to create the male Indoraptor. The ship known as the Arcadia was the ship that carried the remaining dinosaurs off Isla Nublar as it was being destroyed by fire and lava. This is an inverted version of Noah’s Ark, which carried all the animals in the world from an apocalyptic flood. Benjamin Lockwood was one of the ones who contributed to the creation of the dinosaurs and was an inherently good man, which could be as a symbolic representation of God. Eli Mills was a greedy and deceitful man driven by his own ambition, which can be seen as a symbolic representation of Lucifer. When Lockwood found out what Mills was doing behind his back, he cast Mills out. However, Mills murdered Lockwood and usurped his symbolic throne, which is a reverse of how God cast Lucifer out. In this case, Lucifer won and claimed God’s throne for himself. While the Book of Genesis is heavily referenced in Fallen Kingdom, there are also aspects of the Book of Exodus as well. Finally, there is Maise Lockwood’s symbolic representation of Moses. As a clone herself, Maise has a connection and kinship with the dinosaurs that normal humans would never understand. When she pushed the button to release the dinosaurs into the world, she said, “I had to. They’re alive like me.” This can be seen as her way of saying, “Let my people go.” When the basement door opened and the dinosaurs ran through the tunnel into a new world, it is similar to how Moses’s followers traversed the parted Red Sea to a promised land. If Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom were based on Genesis and Exodus, it is possible that Dominion will revolve around the Book of Revelation and portray a dinosaur apocalypse that will end human civilization. I look forward to finding out next year.
While I have been working on my dinosaur book, my interest in dinosaurs has awakened with a vengeance. Due to this, I have been binge-watching all manner of dinosaur films. A number of these films were adapted from books by Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. The rest are cult classics from the 1960s and 1970s. Even though their special effects were cheesy and their creatures are not scientifically accurate, these have been an enjoyable bunch of movies. I would recommend these movies to anyone who is seeking something old school to watch.
I have reached a significant decision regarding my writing. As some of you know, one of my greatest ambitions is to have one of my books adapted into a movie. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that film studios will seek me out due to my relative obscurity. However, I can still reach them instead. I have not tried this in over 17 years. The reason my efforts failed was because I aimed too high in terms of studios, I did not know how to properly reach studios, and I did not know how to write an adequate query letter. Fortunately, I am starting to get a much better idea on how I can reach studios in the future. I will be doing trial and error while creating a new query letter, research the process of pitching to studios, and I will downplay my expectations on a more realistic level. Instead of the well known studios, I will be targeting independent studios that make low budget films. A independent low budget film adaptation will suffice if my attempts are successful. Above is a clip from Trumbo, which will pretty much highlight what I have in mind. I will commence these renewed efforts when my schedule opens up and I will keep you updated on my progress.
Like many writers, I often dream of the possibility of my books one day being adapted into films. Even if it is a remote possibility, I try to keep that dream alive. If that dream ever does come true, I think I have an idea of what the theme song for my dinosaur books would be. I remember the ominous tribal drums from Jumanji, which always sent a shiver down my spine whenever I heard them. I would want that same sense of tropical horror for my dinosaur books if they became a film. Imagine giant dinosaurs moving through the jungle with ominous drums echoing through the darkness.
I have been a fan of Jim Carrey for as long as I could remember. It is extremely difficult to keep a straight face around that man. While he was filming Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, Jim Carrey did the funniest impersonation of a dinosaur. Instead of making the classic growls and roars, Jim Carrey’s dinosaur impersonation sounded more like a dying chicken than a dinosaur.
After watching the found footage film known as The Dinosaur Project, I have become intrigued by the dinosaur named Crypto. The film revolved around an expedition to discover the existence of prehistoric animals. Among those animals was Crypto and his species. What makes Crypto’s species fascinating is that they are not one of the dinosaurs we are familiar with like Tyrannosaurus Rex or Velociraptor. Instead, he is a new species that survived the dinosaurs’ extinction and spent the next 65 million years continuing to evolve in isolation.
Thanks to unchecked adaptation, Crypto and his kind acquired a number of features you would not find in real life theropod dinosaurs. For example, Crypto possesses a neck frill like the Dilophosaurus in Jurassic Park. However, while the Dilophosaurus used its neck frill as a warning sign to go along with its venomous spit, Crypto’s neck frill was designed to be for display. This would allow Crypto to seem much larger than he really was, which would ward off bigger predators. Like the Dilophosaurus, Crypto was also a spitter. However, instead of venom, Crypto would spit a slimy pheromone that would mimic his scent. He used this to protect his human friend, Luke, from his giant parents. Finally, Crypto was an amphibious animal, able to swim like a dolphin in the Congo’s rivers.
Even though we got to see Crypto’s parents at the end of the film, we did not see any of their capabilities other than the fact they are capable of tearing a grown human apart. They were roughly the size of either a medium-sized or large carnivorous dinosaur. When taking Crypto’s adaptations into account, I have a good idea of what an adult member of Crypto’s species would be like. With the neck frill, an adult specimen would likely use it to attract mates and discourage rivals. With the slimy pheromone, it is likely used to mark territory much like how some animals use scent glands to mark their territory. With the amphibious lifestyle, an adult member of Crypto’s species was likely a fish eater like Baryonyx or Spinosaurus when terrestrial prey was not available.
Overall, Crypto was an interesting dinosaur to watch even though he was a fictional species. He is one example of what is evolutionarily possible if dinosaurs existed in the modern world. If you want to see Crypto and his species in action, I recommend watching The Dinosaur Project, which can be found on Amazon Prime.
“How can it be pregnant? What is this? The Virgin Lizard?”
Mayor Ebert, Godzilla (1998)
After Season 2 of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, we saw some strange behavior with the Tyrannosaurus Rex known as Rexy. After the fall of Jurassic World, Rexy was busy remodeling her old paddock. At first glance, it looked as though she was in the process of building a nest. Under normal circumstances, this would be impossible because Rexy would need a mate in order to reproduce. If she is displaying nesting behavior, it is possible she may be able to reproduce asexually. In the original Jurassic Park film, we learned that the geneticists used frog DNA to fill in the gene sequence gaps. This granted the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar the ability to switch genders from female to male, which thwarted the population control methods imposed by the park workers. However, I wonder if their DNA mutates further as they get older. As the original Tyrannosaurus Rex from the old park, Rexy is the oldest living dinosaur in the world. If this is the case, then this means that Rexy will start laying eggs sometime in the future. She clearly senses the changes her body is undergoing and is practicing nesting behavior in preparation for her brood. Let us not forget that Rexy’s blood was used in a transfusion with Blue the Velociraptor in Fallen Kingdom. If Rexy is in the process of becoming asexual, the possibility exists that she will pass that ability to Blue through the blood transfusion. As far as we know, both Rexy and Blue are the last of their respective species. With this in mind, the ability to reproduce asexually will be their species’ saving grace and will prevent them from becoming extinct all over again. Will the other dinosaurs that escaped into the wilderness gain this ability as they get older or will something else happen? I think we will find out in either Camp Cretaceous or Jurassic World: Dominion. I look forward to seeing if this theory is right or not.
In the film adaptation of Carnosaur, we were introduced to radically insane plan by a mad scientist named Dr. Jane Tiptree. Tiptree somehow extracted prehistoric DNA and used it to create a virus that contaminated chicken eggs. Upon exposure to the virus, human males would become violently sick while human females became living incubators for dinosaur eggs. Tiptree’s endgame was to give the planet back to the dinosaurs by breeding the human race out of existence. After a matter of days, the virus had contaminated an entire town, but was contained by the military before it erupted into a global pandemic. However, I sometimes wonder how the world would have changed if the military failed to contain Tiptree’s virus. Would the human race be able to fend off its own extinction? Would the dinosaurs take over the planet? An intriguing scenario to consider.
In the film Limitless, Bradley Cooper was given a drug that gave him superhuman intelligence. With this intelligence, he was able to perform tremendous mental and social feats. For me, the feat that stood out the most was his ability to write an entire book in a matter of days. The book became a best seller despite being written so fast. If I had the mental capabilities Bradley Cooper displayed as a writer, I could finish writing all of my story ideas in a matter of months. Like Bradley Cooper, the mind-enhancing drug would enable me to multitask with the writing process such as typing, rewriting, brainstorming, and recalling inspiration all at once. That would be a perfect way to spend a pandemic summer vacation. Every story I ever wanted to tell would be ready for publication on the same day! Then I would be spending several hours publishing one book after another, which would attract a lot of attention. I would require witnesses to prove that I was actually capable of doing this level of writing. It may take away the pleasure part of writing because it would be done so quickly, but it would guarantee that every single one of my story ideas would be told before I die. I would definitely want this capability as a writer if I was in Bradley Cooper’s shoes.