‘Jurassic Park’: Early Storyboards Feature Alternate Ending

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Fans of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park are probably aware of how the film’s original ending had been changed during production. Originally set to conclude with the escaped Velociraptors being crushed by the dinosaur skeletons featured in the visitor’s lobby, Spielberg later envisioned the harrowing sequence of the tyrannosaurus rex inadvertently rescuing our heroes in a showdown with the velociraptors. While that climatic finale would ultimately become one of the most memorable sequences in Jurassic Park, newly released storyboards reveal that completely different circumstances for the ending had originally been planned in the early stages of the film’s development.

Jurassic Time, a Facebook page dedicated to uncovering unused content from Jurassic Park, has posted early storyboards for what was to be the film’s ending.

Jurassic Time posted the following description:

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.

You can check out the storyboards below!

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Evidently the original ending was not even set in the visitor’s copy and did not include the velociraptors, much less a showdown between them and t-rex. What do you think of this discarded ending? Would it have been an exciting conclusion to the film or is the memorable t-rex vs. raptors fight a fitting end to the thrilling adventure? Share your thoughts below!

Source: Jurassic Time

Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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  • Antonio

    This ending could’ve been great especially had the T-Rex literally jumped out of nowhere through the trees to grab at the helicopter

  • Bruce Norris

    I believe money and the ability to pull the sequence off convincingly played a big part in the “NO”.