Jurassic Park Storyboards Reveal Alternate Ending

"Jurassic Park" almost ended in a very different way. In a post on Facebook, Jurassic Time unveiled new storyboard art that reveals Alan Grant, Tim and Lex making a daring helicopter escape. According to the post, the art hails from Phil Tippett, who is credited as the "Dinosaur Supervisor" for "Jurassic Park."

"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," reads the caption on the artwork. "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."

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The storyboard shows the Tyrannosaurus Rex chasing one of Jurassic Park's iconic jeeps. However, thanks to the T-Rex's thundering footsteps, the trees crash down around the Jeep, blocking its path to the helipad. In a desperate gamble for escape, Grant jumps out of the Jeep with the kids in tow and they make a mad dash for the helicopter -- but the T-Rex isn't too far behind. Grant tosses the kids into the helicopter, which begins pulling away as he hoists himself in. The T-Rex leaps and attempts to take a bite out of the helicopter, only to clamp down on the runner. The runner snaps off as Grant hangs out of the helicopter, and the T-Rex falls back to the ground. The helicopter then beats a hasty retreat as Grant pulls himself inside.

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Of course, that's a little different than what made it into the film. Grant, Malcolm, Hammond, Ellie and the kids all make it to the helicopter via Jeep, but there's no dramatic escape. That's because, when they left it, the T-Rex was a little preoccupied. The velociraptors that had chased the group into the park center ended up engaging the T-Rex in a battle for survival, which meant that all of the dinosaurs were too busy fighting each other to notice the humans fleeing. As such, the group was able to reach the helicopter without much trouble, and the helicopter sailed away safely just before the credits rolled.

Though the adventures of Dr. Alan Grant and his group of survivors have ended, the "Jurassic Park" franchise continues to grow. "Jurassic World 2," the next installment in the "Jurassic Park" franchise, is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018 and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Toby Jones and Rare Spall.

(via /Film)

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