It’s difficult to find much fault in the ending of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, which remains arguably the greatest movie involving dinosaurs ever made (Cowboys vs Dinosaurs, eat your heart out). While it’s hard to top a conclusion that involves a T-Rex turning from villain to unlikely hero, the film’s writers almost went with a different ending. In fact, Jurassic Park had two alternate endings, one of which was just discovered a couple of weeks ago.
The first alternate ending can be found on the film’s DVD extras and has been circulating on the internet for some time now. It’s pretty much the same as the original ending, but involves Grant, Ellie, and the kids saving themselves from the raptors rather than the Tyrannosaurus Rex stomping in at the last minute to chow down on the pesky theropods. The second alternate ending comes by way of some newly unearthed storyboards that reveal the film could have ended with a much different action sequence.
Posted on the Jurassic Time Facebook page, the images come from a storyboard binder that belonged to effects specialist Phil Tippett. The storyboards were sold at an official Phil Tippett auction and Gizmodo has verified that they are indeed real. These storyboards depict an action sequence that would have seen Grant and the kids (Ellie and Hammond are absent for some reason) racing towards a helicopter while trying to outrun a T-Rex. As you might expect, the sequence would have ended with the helicopter just narrowly escaping the T-Rex’s clutches (or rather, its jaw, as those little arms probably couldn’t hold onto a helicopter already in flight).
While this helicopter escape sequence would no doubt have been thrilling, we’re glad Spielberg and co. ultimately went with the T-Rex striking the now-iconic “When dinosaurs ruled the Earth” pose. Something tells us semi-shirtless Goldblum would agree.
(Source: AV Club)