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Denis Villeneuve’s new philosophical thriller Arrival derives much of its power and mystery from the design of its aliens and their inexplicable, sliver-shaped starships. Squid-like, elephantine, and usually seen only in deftly rationed glimpses, the Heptapods and their ships were the work of artist Carlos Huante, expanding on notes from the original source story, Ted Chiang’s “Story Of Your Life”. But Huante wasn’t the only designer consulted on the project: artist Peter Konig, who’s lent designs to movies like Jurassic Park, Cloverfield, and Splice, also submitted several ideas for the alien’s ultimate designs.
(Image: Peter Konig)
Konig’s Heptapods tend toward the ethereal, reinforcing the idea of the aliens as inherently aquatic beasts. According to an interview the artist recently gave to CinemaBlend, he was also influenced by the alien warmth of horses’ eyes, a choice reflected in the second of these designs:
(Image: Peter »
- William Hughes
Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.
Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...
Early ideas stage
The long and winding »
We’ve seen a few pieces of concept art for the scrapped Jurassic Park 4 in the past, but now even more has found its way online thanks to Prometheus concept artist Carlos Huante. These depict various human/dinosaur hybrids which would have been the focus of what would have no doubt been a terrible movie, but […]
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- Josh Wilding
Back in 2001, it was reported that Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston (who had directed Jurassic Park III) were working on ideas for a fourth movie in the series. Some rumours had it that Sam Neill and Jeff Goldbum were set to return as Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm, and would see them lead an expedition team on another island. Keira Knightly was also signed on at one point, but she was written out in later drafts.
Eventually in 2007, Aint It Cool news wrote a review of a leaked script they got their hands on, which surrounded the idea that InGen were now mixing the DNA or humans, raptors and dogs to create human-dino hybrids. Yep. And they had guns too.
- Luke Owen
If you Frankensteined the DNA of the Hulk, Wolfman and a velociraptor in a petri dish, you’d get Raptorman. He was due to appear in a Jurassic Park film, but it ultimately wasn't meant to be.
Raptorman was part of a screenplay envisioned by John Sayles and William Monahan when they were penning an earlier take on Jurassic Park 4, featuring genetically enhanced soldier-o-saurus reptiles created by a corporation to be mercenaries that are supposed to wrangle the rogue dinos trampling North America.
The military dinos died out after studio execs decided this one big leap for dinosaur-kind was just too bizarre. It was this script that Jurassic World outlived to become the official fourth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. The closest that ever got to the Sayles-Monahan concept »
Jurassic Park 3 came out in 2001, and though a lot of the effects looked fantastic and the movie delivered on the promise of dinosaurs, it really failed to live up to the expectations of the franchise. As a result, it took 14 years to finally get a sequel to Jurassic Park in the form of Jurassic World, which absolutely crushed it at the box office last year and seemed to satisfy most fans who had been waiting all of that time.
Universal hadn't just been sitting on their hands for 14 years though. They had been trying to get Jurassic Park 4 made since the moment Jurassic Park 3 hit theaters, and it went through a lot of different and crazy development phases. Recently, Carlos Huante took to his Instagram to share some never before seen concept art for an abandoned version of Jurassic Park 4 from around 2001, which he was working on with director Joe Johnston. »
6 items from 2016
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