Last week a new teaser poster for 2015’s Jurassic World (Jurassic Park IV) was released at the Comic-Con event in San Diego, California. It’s a moody looking image featuring a lone and disappointingly featherless Velociraptor (to see what a Velociraptor would really have looked like, click here)
It’s caused some ripples of excitement across the internet, as have images from the set of the new movie and leaked plot details, such as that the new movie will feature a hybrid dinosaur dubbed Diablolus rex.
Despite the scientific inaccuracy, it’s a lovely illustration and it’s always exciting to see new palaoeart (of sorts). The image was created by California-based comic artist Mark Edgar. On his blog, Mark described some of the process behind coming up with the design:
“After milling over what I’d like to see as a fan, I decided to try and incorporate elements from the previous movies and try to connect how they have led up to the newest story in the series. Jurassic World takes place back on Isla Nublar, where the park from the first movie failed before it even opened. I wanted to subtly establish the setting, the theme of nature overtaking technology and that a new park with a new story was being built on what had come before… I also just wanted a cool shot of a raptor.”
“Above is what I came up with… A raptor having built its nest in the wheel well of the crushed Ford Explorer that fell out of a tree, almost killing Dr. Grant and Tim in the first film. In the background, the new park is slowly beginning to take over the island. I submitted the idea to Colin [Trevorrow, the director] and he liked it… I enjoy drawing dinosaurs, I drew them a lot as a kid… I know the canon Jurassic Park Velociraptor is way too big, and is more likely a Deinonychus, but whatever… amphibian DNA can do wacky things.”
I look forward to next drip fed bit of information about the film – the team behind it are doing a good job of creating some suspense and buzz ahead of the release.