The classic 1993 film Jurassic Park conquered the world when Michael Crichton’s novel was brought to the big screen. The plot ended in iconic fashion with Tyrannosaurus Rex becoming the prominent protagonist, who would become the “face” of the franchise – which extends to the present day.
Netflix’s documentary series, Movies That Made Us, has just premiered its second season, and one of the episodes deals precisely with Steven Spielberg’s unforgettable adventure. The series has stirred movie fans’ nostalgia and brought unprecedented insight into numerous productions, so many years after their releases.
One of this information is making many people dizzy: initially, the written Jurassic Park’s ending was completely different and, amazingly, had “a lot less T-Rex.” Can you imagine?
And there’s more! Steven Spielberg decided to change everything last minute, digital animator Steve “Spaz,” Williams told the Netflix series. The decision, of course, was totally right, and the original proposal was much less impactful.
It turns out that, at the time, the use of computer graphics was something totally new and untested, so Steve Spielberg – at first – felt wary about using the dinosaur too prominently in the plot.
However, the story changed when the filmmaker was impressed and saw the use of CG was much better than imagined. So he decided to rewrite the ending.
The original plans were to have doctors Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and the surviving children escape the Velociraptors on their own, without the T-Rex emerging as the unexpected big hero. Anticlimactic, isn’t it?