Ditched Jurassic Park 4 concept art will haunt your nightmares
As any keen dinosaur-specific cineastes will know, the question of whether or not a fourth Jurassic Park instalment would ever see the light of day has long been a burning one.
After all, 2001's third film did a good job of killing off any remaining Jurassic Park good will in audiences, what with its mobile-phone-swallowing dinos and, well, this:
Spielberg himself has been alternately enthusiastic and coy on the matter, and yet a script was written around 2005 by William Monahan and John Sayles (and reviewed by Ain't It Cool News in '07) that focused on Nick Harris, a soldier of fortune who John Hammond hires to find Dennis Nedry's can of "shaving cream" from the original film.
From AICN's review:
"Nick Harris does indeed got to Isla Nublar, but he goes alone. He does indeed track down the shaving cream can that Nedry stole, but that’s a mere five pages later. And as soon as he finds it, he’s attacked not only by excavaraptors (think trapdoor spiders), but also by security rangers who work for Grendel Corporation, the mysterious Swiss holding company that took over Jurassic Park from Hammond. Seems they want those genetic samples for their own purposes... whatever those may be. Nick has to get off the island, evading his pursuers, human or otherwise. He manages to make it back to the mainland just long enough to hide the shaving cream can before the security team catches up with him and gasses him into unconsciousness.
"When Nick wakes up, he’s in the tower of a medieval castle in the Alps. Seriously. That’s the precise moment when the entire enterprise goes so over-the-top loony that you’ll either go along with it for the entire insane ride or reject it roundly as a big bag of ludicrous. Nick is introduced to Adrien Joyce, the major domo henchman of Baron von Drax, CEO of the Grendel Corporation. Joyce isn’t a moustache-twirling bad guy bent on torturing Nick into revealing where he hid the shaving cream can. Instead, he offers Nick a job, and in order to explain the job to him, he has to take him on a tour of the entire castle, which turns out to be a fairly sophisticated genetics lab where Grendel Corporation has been breeding some dinosaurs of their own design, cross-breeds that never existed in any era of nature with all sorts of custom modifications."
Sounds wacky, right?
Well, in proof that Reddit is good for something other than weirdos posting photos of women's bums in yoga pants, user sketchampm just posted a collection of concept art for the ditched sequel, featuring Grendel Corporation's hideous yet evidently super-smart human/dinosaur hybrids, which might just be the most terrifying things I have seen in ages.
Here's - presumably - a raptor-man:
If you're not too concerned about sleeping well tonight, click through to the gallery above to check out the full set.
Who knows, you might stumble upon a new Halloween costume idea.
All images via Imgur.