As ‘Jurassic Park’s’ Dinosaur Supervisor, Phil Tippett has already brought the world so much joy through the medium of meme.
Phil Tippett’s stock is set to rise even higher now, though, after an official auction of his unearthed a never before seen alternative ending to ‘Jurassic Park’. You can check out a breakdown of the proposed Helicopter Rescue sequence that was originally intended to conclude the blockbuster as you scroll down, with the pictures coming courtesy of Jurassic Time Facebook page.
Jurassic Time accompanied the images with the following blurb, “From Phil Tippett’s ‘Jurassic Park’ Early Sequence Storyboard Binder, here is a first-look at the rare storyboards for a thrilling helicopter rescue sequence set to be at the film’s finale.”
“This is an early look of the first version (Version A) of the sequence, and was not scripted at this stage immediately after Crichton’s final draft. It later became adapted into Malia Scotch Marmo’s screenplay, but with numerous alterations.”
Instead of the Tyrannosaurus Rex saving Grant, Ellie, and the children from the raptors in the visitor centre, it was touted that ‘Jurassic Park’ would conclude with Grant and the kids outrunning the T. rex to a waiting helicopter.
As you can see, they just about make it off Isla Nublar, and are then able to fly away with Grant dangling onto the outside of the helicopter like the absolute hero that he is.
This isn’t the first time that an alternative ‘Jurassic Park’ ending has emerged. In fact, a handy YouTube video featuring a mixture of the actual footage and storyboards depicts the other proposed conclusion, which basically sees Hammond coming to the rescue rather than the T. rex.
As much as I love Richard Attenborough, that wouldn’t have been quite as dramatic or believable, as I’m pretty sure the raptors could have torn an 80-year-old man with a cane limb from limb.
I’d still take a wistful Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill being a pillow for the kids over any of the above every time, though.