Jurassic Park 4 Lost Concept Art Uncovered
Concept artist Carlos Huante has shared some brilliantly bonkers images from a 14-year-old failed idea for ‘Jurassic Park 4′.
2015′s ‘Jurassic World’, directed by Colin Trevorrow (’Safety Not Guaranteed’), proved a huge hit when it roared its way to $1.6 billion over the summer. Yet before we got wind of the terrifying design of the now famous Indominous Rex, many ideas and concepts for the dinosaurs, and indeed the movie itself, had come and gone.
Huante has now shared a number of fascinating ideas for what was known only as ‘Jurassic Park 4′ many years before it ever hit cinema screens. “Here’s an image from an approximately 14 year old, failed version of Jp4….” he revealed over on Instagram, as the creature designer uploaded four concepts that show a terrifying direction the film could’ve gone in, where human and dino DNA is mixed. Going by Huante’s vision, the human-dino-canon (below) looks more akin to something out of ‘Planet Terror’ than the family friendly franchise Steven Spielberg created over 20 years ago.
And, let’s be honest, there’s nothing more haunting than seeing a half-human, half-dinosaur, which would’ve been a huge task to sell to an already sceptical audience and for the film to remain in a ‘realistic’ world - yes, we’re aware no one can actually breed dinosaurs - but surely a Manosaurus Rex would’ve been a step too far in the JP universe.
Frivolously dubbing his (below) creations ‘Raptorman’ and ‘Trex man-thing’; he clearly only went so far as to create the impressive monster mashups before they could even be named.
The pro designer’s CV also includes work on ‘Men In Black’, ‘Star Trek’, and ’Prometheus’, but for one reason or another - likely the tone they wanted to go with - his efforts for ‘JP4′ never went any further.
Interestingly, since talk of a ‘Jurassic World’ sequel emerged, internet theories for possible plots have varied, from a globe-trotting Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) adventure, to an all-out war film using dinosaurs as weaponry. Another idea bandied around is the possibility of mutations and splicing dino DNA with that of a human’s. Sure, the idea is far-fetched and perhaps too ridiculous for audiences to take seriously, but going on these concept designs, its inclusion would’ve turned the franchise into horror.
J.A. Bayona (’The Impossible’; ‘The Orphanage’) is attached to direct the follow-up known only as ‘Untitled Jurassic World Sequel’, and with no confirmation of what the story will be about, the door’s still wide open for anything, including this, to happen.
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Picture credit: Universal, Carlos Huante