See An Early Version Of ‘Jurassic Park’ With Concept Art & Storyboards In An EPIC Audio Drama

Experience an early version of ‘JURASSIC PARK’ through production designer Rick Carter’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s final draft screenplay, brought to life in an entertaining audio drama with visual enhancements!

Watch the entire illustrated audio drama series, plus its introduction and teaser trailer, below.

RICK CARTER’S ‘JURASSIC PARK’ was an epic project born out of the dire 2020 pandemic lockdown. Author Derrick Davis, the creator of JURASSIC TIME and writer at JURASSIC OUTPOST, had acquired many rare and previously unseen selections of concept art, storyboards, scripts, and other materials related to the original ‘Jurassic Park’. One of the most interesting items he acquired was a unique script that had many elements that would eventually be scrapped, but would also shape the final film, and beyond.

The official history behind Jurassic Park’s screenwriting process had always included Michael Crichton, Malia Scotch Marmo, and David Koepp. During this time, the film’s production designer, Rick Carter, took on a bigger role than normal.

“I was brought onto ‘Jurassic Park’ about two years before we finally started shooting […] On most shows, the production designer is brought in and handed a script and asked to visualize it. Not so on this one. I was in on many early meetings with Steven where we would break down the scenes in the book and discuss which ones would work best for the film.”

-Rick Carter

In the beginning, Michael Crichton had provided several drafts of the screenplay for his novel before passing the pen to whoever would take a crack at future drafts. Director Steven Spielberg went on to film ‘HOOK’, as Jurassic Park’s production team continued to work.

“While Spielberg was doing ‘HOOK’, I would go to him with all these different ideas of how to make things work. It was a very managed production.”

-Rick Carter

One of the ways Rick Carter displayed his ideas was by crafting an entirely new script using much of Crichton’s as the backbone.

“After our last script meetings, I began collecting together my notes. I realized that the only way for me to see how the ideas might actually play out in the story was for me to “collage” them into Michael’s latest script. Well, one thing led to another and I found myself going through the entire story.”

-Rick Carter

Out of all the scripts written for ‘Jurassic Park’, Carter’s version is perhaps the most interesting. It includes the early process of making John Hammond a more sympathetic character, the sick triceratops replacing the sick stegosaurus, and other changes from Crichton that will feel more familiar to how the film ended up. At the same time, the script introduces some interesting changes that would not carry over. This includes using the opening of the novel at the Costa Rican clinic, a condensed version of the river sequence, the removal of Donald Gennaro, Hammond’s idea of recruiting Grant and Sattler to work at the park, the discovery of a raptor den secretly nestled far beyond their pen, trees that are deforested by the giant dinosaurs, and the inclusion of lava fields. There’s even an umbrella designed to look like a “spitter” that is used as a distraction against a velociraptor; an idea similarly used in ‘Jurassic World’.

A “spitter” umbrella from the gift shop, used in defense against a velociraptor.

It’s not every day that a production designer writes a screenplay to get his ideas across in order to make the film a success. But Rick Carter was a special production designer. While his version of the script would not end up being used for the film, it wasn’t his intent anyway. He simply wanted the best way to further continue the production progress of ‘Jurassic Park’, and he felt altering the script was the best way to do it.

But what if it had been made? What would it have been like? Would it have felt just as grand, just engaging, and just as memorable? Or would it have had its own unique flavor that no one else could have concocted?

Lava fields that Grant and the kids must traverse through.

After nearly 30 years since it had been written, Derrick Davis had discovered the script and wanted to know the answers to all of those questions. He decided the best way to experience this early version of the film was to bring it to life. This led to him teaming up with another fan of the franchise, music composer Bernard A. Kyer. Derrick presented him with the idea of creating an audio drama experience from the script. He would do this by using concept art, storyboards, and other official artwork to illustrate it; many of which had never been seen before. Bernard took the script and adjusted it to flow in this format, while Derrick went to several fans of ‘Jurassic Park’ that could perform various roles, including himself as Tim Murphy and John Hammond.

One of those fans suggested by Bernard was artist, filmmaker, and actor Joshua Malone; the voice of Ed Regis, Dr. Alan Grant, and Lex Murphy. He also provided the narration for the program’s teaser trailer and further consultation throughout. Other cast members include Jurassic Outpost’s Samantha Endres as Dr. Ellie Sattler, and Caleb Burnett as Dr. Ian Malcolm; as well as designer Casey Wayne Cook, Jr. as Dr. Henry Wu and others.

Within almost a year’s time, Bernard assembled all the character performances while providing the script narration and additional voices, such as Dennis Nedry. The process included mixing a vast library of sound effects, many obtained from the film itself to instill further authenticity. Once that was completed, he composed a fantastic music score to bring it all to life; inspired not only by John Williams but other composers like Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, and Danny Elfman.

After the audio was completed, Derrick assembled all the artwork he could find to match what was described, while enhancing it for high definition. Despite obtaining rare materials for years, including an entire binder of storyboards from ‘Dinosaur Supervisor’ Phil Tippett‘s collection, there was still much more that he needed. One of the people he had been in contact with over the years that had a great source for artwork and storyboards from the film was fellow collector and fan Astríd Vega of The Jurassic Park Collection and its YouTube channel. Derrick had shared and discussed the Rick Carter script with her long ago, and had even offered her various voice roles in an earlier-proposed version of the audio drama. Tragically, Astríd passed away in May of 2019… almost a year since Derrick had finally met her in-person at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Event in May of 2018. Without her collection that she had shared, large portions of the video for this audio drama would not have been possible. The production is dedicated in her memory.

From Jurassic Park’s 25th Anniversary Event at Universal Studios Hollywood, 2018. From left to right: Roberto Díaz, Matthew Danczak, Derrick Davis, Astríd Vega, & Brian Belukha.

Despite amassing quite a collection of original and official materials, there was still a need for additional artwork. This task was completed by fellow fan and artist Felipe Humboldt. Felipe created several character sketches and scenic paintings based on descriptions in the script, which sometimes differed greatly from how they ended up in the final film. It should also be noted that character appearances changed even during the process of the original production itself, creating unavoidable inconsistencies throughout. Felipe also illustrated some additional moments from the script where no official artwork existed or could be found.

Felipe Humboldt’s depiction of Dr. Alan Grant wearing a makeshift papoose with a baby raptor; Lex and Tim at his side.

The end result is a one-of-a-kind experience that was an ultimate labor of love from everyone involved. While the debate can rage forever if this early version of the film would have been better than what we got, it is still fascinating to see it performed in such a dramatic way. It is also great to finally have an engaging way of presenting the art from those who worked on the film, such as Art Director John Bell, instead of having it locked away or forgotten forever.

Derrick Davis thanks everyone in the production for bringing his dream to life and realizing the imaginations of those who worked so hard to create our cherished, classic film: ‘JURASSIC PARK’.

An early “raptor pen” concept by John Bell, which was also seen briefly in the background of Jurassic Park in the film; during the lunch scene, projected on a wall.

Learn more about Bernard’s process of crafting the sound design and music score for the illustrated audio drama by checking out each of his four in-depth articles from his site. Be sure to also hear Bernard’s album release of his music score for the project!

Be sure to watch the entire series for the ultimate experience of this early version of ‘JURASSIC PARK’! Also check out everything else available at JURASSIC TIME, including the John Hammond Memoir!

Poster Created by Casey Wayne Cook Jr.

Would this earlier version of the film have been better, or are you glad we ended up with the final film we got? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

This article includes quotes and information from ‘The Making Of Jurassic Park’ book, ‘Starlog’ and ‘Cinefantastique’ magazines, and additional public and private collections.

Mondo to Release ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ on Vinyl!

No strangers to the Jurassic Franchise, Mondo have announced today the they will be offering Michael Giacchino’s ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ soundtrack as a 2 disc limited vinyl pressing. In record time too given the Official Release only dropped only days ago!

Mondo’s web exclusive version of this 2XLP comes pressed on either a stunning looking 180 Gram Indo-Raptor colored vinyl (Translucent Green with Orange Stripe and Yellow Splatter), or for the more reserved collector on traditional Black vinyl. Featuring original new artwork by JC Richard, this set will fit right in with Mondo’s previous Jurassic Park and World offerings.

Here’s what Mondo had to say about the score:

JURASSIC PARK: FALLEN KINGDOM is some of the most fun we’ve had in the theaters this year. And Giacchino’s score, which returns more to his penned JURASSIC WORLD score than the John Williams’ cues that bridged the gap in the last film, is evocative of classic Universal horror and haunted house movie scores, breaking from the pack of previous JURASSIC scores. Much like the film itself, Giacchino creates a fun, fresh take on the music of the “Man creates Dinosaurs… Dinosaurs eat Man” series.”

Hey Mondo? Can we get ‘The Lost World’ and ‘Jurassic Park III’ too please? The set goes up for sale this Wednesday at Noon (CST) over at MondoTees.com

Source: Mondo

Listen to the First Preview of Michael Giacchino’s Entire ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Soundtrack!

Hold on to your butts, and grab a pair of headphones as you can now listen to the first previews of the Fallen Kingdom soundtrack!

The latest Jurassic Park sequel has already roared its way into overseas theaters, and one of the main things fans can’t stop talking about is the new soundtrack from Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino. Reprising his role of composer from Jurassic World, Giacchino has brought a darker style to the latest installment, embracing its extinction level and Gothic undertones. I’ve seen the film myself, and I cannot stop thinking about the music, and how badly I wish I had access to it already.

Thankfully, Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first look at a track from the Fallen Kingdom Soundtrack! The new theme accompanies the opening of the film, and plays during some tense storm action at night prior to the title reveal.

Give “This Title Makes Me Jurassic” a listen below:

The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom soundtrack hits stores next week, and features the following pun filled tracks:

1. This Title Makes Me Jurassic (2:54)
2. The Theropod Preservation Society (3:47)
3. Maisie and the Island (2:07)
4. March of the Wheatley Cavalcade (2:14)
5. Nostalgia-Saurus (1:05)
6. Double Cross to Bear (2:31)
7. Lava Land (3:16)
8. Keep Calm and Baryonyx (2:46)
9. Go With the Pyroclastic Flow (3:43)
10. Gyro Can You Go? (2:16)
11. Raiders of the Lost Isla Nublar (3:20)
12. Volcano to Death (1:38)
13. Operation Blue Blood (3:43)
14. Jurassic Pillow Talk (2:47)
15. How to Pick a Lockwood (3:10)
16. Wilting Iris (1:11)
17. Shock and Auction (2:28)
18. Thus Begins the Indo-Rapture (3:41)
19. You Can Be So Hard-Headed (2:28)
20. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Free (3:29)
21. There’s Something About Maisie (1:20)
22. World’s Worst Bedtime Storyteller (2:27)
23. Declaration of Indo-Pendence (4:02)
24. To Free or Not to Free (3:00)
25. The Neo-Jurassic Age (3:33)
26. At Jurassic World’s End Credits/Suite (10:55)

Previews for all these tracks are up on iTunes here, so get listening! While there are some returning themes, Giacchino offers many new flavours that are sure to turns some heads! If you need your regular dose of Jurassic however, I recommend giving the End Credits a listen!

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Giacchino had this to say:

“John Williams certainly set the tone, so I wanted to stay in that realm, but now here we are, five Jurassic Parks in, and I didn’t want to do the same thing I did on the last film. This film has a very different tone, so I basically went to the director, Juan Antonio Bayona, who I’ve known for many years, and said, ‘What if Bernard Hermann and Stravinsky had a baby who wrote the score for this film?’”

The ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ soundtrack releases June 15th, and is available for pre-order on Amazon now!

Digging Giacchino’s new vibe, or missing that classic William’s tone? Sound off below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly


Michael Giacchino’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Soundtrack Releases June 15!

Michael Giacchino is no stranger to the Jurassic franchise. Before composing the music for Jurassic World he wrote and composed the soundtracks for both Jurassic Park: Warpath and The Lost World’s PlayStation game – which are still considered fan favorites by many.

It was no surprise that the composer, who handles multiple projects a year, would return to the franchise.

With the sequel headed for US cinemas on June 22nd, Michael Giacchino’s score will be available for purchase and digital download on June 15th! The date can be seen on the Amazon listing for the soundtrack but unfortunately no other details have been revealed.

Over the past few weeks during the scoring sessions for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the composer shared a number of images and videos from inside the studio, revealing new music and the return of key themes and more importantly, revealing his excitement to be back and working on Jurassic.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theatres on June 22nd in the US and earlier in the UK and Europe – and you’ll be able to purchase Michael Giacchino’s score on June 15th!

Thanks to Derrick for sending this our way!

New Behind the Scenes Previews of the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Soundtrack!

Over the past few days, Jurassic World composer Michael Giacchino has hard at work recording the Fallen Kingdom score.

While the recording session has been occurring behind closed doors at the world famous Abbey Road Studios, director JA Bayona and Michael Giacchino himself have been sharing previews online. Following up on the first preview from Wednesday, Giacchino posted an updated reprisal of ‘Ye Old Visitor Center‘ yesterday which again returns to the classic Jurassic Park themes with an uneasy and somber tone.

Moments ago, JA Bayona shared another sample of work, this time a new track which apparently ends the film. Listen to both below!

If JA Bayona’s tweet is to be taken literally, and that music closes out the film before the credits roll, then it’s safe to expect quite the dramatic closing scene, setting up a higher stakes Jurassic World 3.

While it’s too soon to speculate about the third film in the latest Jurassic trilogy, this certainly has us curious. Of course, this tease also has us eager to hear more of the soundtrack from Fallen Kingdom – Giacchino has had no small task set out in front of him: creating music for Nublars demise. Whatever new themes and classic reprisals close out the home and setting of Jurassic Park it is sure to be bittersweet.

What do you think of the latest teases, and what do you want to hear from the Fallen Kingdom soundtrack? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: Twitter

JA Bayona Shares Behind the Scenes Preview of Michael Giacchino’s Fallen Kingdom Score!

On Monday, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom composer Michael Giacchino announced that he had begun recording the score for the new film. Today Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom director JA Bayona released a behind the scenes clip of the score being recorded and what we can expect to hear this upcoming June.

In the one minute and six second clip you will recognize that it is a new version of “As the Jurassic World turns” from his 2015 score for Jurassic World.

In a reply to Bayona’s tweet, Giacchino posted a photo confirming that that Ludwig Wicki is conducting the orchestra.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on our forums.

Source: JA Bayona on Twitter

Michael Giacchino Begins Scoring Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World composer Michael Giacchino announced today that he has begun recording the music for Fallen Kingdom!

In a tweet that was accompanied by a photo taken inside the recording studio, the composer revealed the news to fans, which signifies that the film itself is very likely picture locked.

Michael Giacchino has previously composed the score for Jurassic World in 2015, and has a history of working with the franchise with credits that include video games Warpath: Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

With J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom looking like it’s adopting a slightly darker route than it’s predecessor, do you hope the music follows suit? Do you think we will be hearing more of a The Lost World: Jurassic Park inspired score for our second outing to Isla Nublar, this side of the millennium?

Only time will tell, so stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for all the latest news and be sure to follow the man himself for hopefully more Fallen Kingdom teases.

Michael Giacchino has seen a cut of Fallen Kingdom and is excited to work with Bayona

Almost one year ago exactly is when we first learned that Academy Award winning composer Michael Giacchino would be returning to work on the score for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Giacchino previously wrote the score on 2015’s Jurassic World and is one of the busiest composers currently in Hollywood. Just in 2017 Giacchino worked on The Book of Henry, Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes and Coco. In 2018 besides Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom he is set to compose the score for Incredibles 2.

In an exclusive interview with Collider, Giacchino briefly touched on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, sharing how excited he is to work with his good friend J.A. Bayona and that he actually has already seen a cut of the film.

COLLIDER: And as for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I mean we got the idea through the hiring of J. A. Bayona that it’d be a bit of a darker film and they said that as well, but it very much looks like it might have this kind of thriller/horror aspect. Is that something that’s kind of reflected in the score?

GIACCHINO: Well, again, haven’t even written a note of music for that one yet either (laughs).

COLLIDER: Fair, totally fair.

GIACCHINO: But I have seen it, and yes. I love J. A., he and I have known each other for many years, we’ve been friends and we’ve been hoping to work on something together so this, I think, is gonna be a really fun project to do with him. I love his storytelling sensibility and I’m excited to take the storytelling and the franchise somewhere new and different and perhaps that is darker and more moody and more suspenseful. But again, I gotta wait and see where it takes me, but looking forward to that one too.

Michael Giacchino with J.A. Bayona in 2013

What do you think of Giacchino’s comments on working with J.A. Bayona on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Let us know in the comments below and on our forums!

Special thanks to Fede and Matt on Twitter for the heads up on the interview.

Source: Collider

Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs) joins the cast of Jurassic World 2!

As Jurassic World 2 gears up to film in just a few short weeks, the upcoming sequel has shown no signs of slowing down when it comes to adding cast members. Variety just exclusively revealed that Ted Levine has joined the cast, though have no details on the role he will be playing.

Ted is a fantastic actor, with a large pedigree of projects under his belt, perhaps best known from his role of the troubled and twisted ‘Buffalo Bill’ in ‘Silence of the Lambs’. Some of Ted’s other films include ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘American Gangster’ and has also had staring roles in TV shows such as ‘Monk’ and ‘The Bridge’.

Ted has played a variety of roles, and can play a fantastic pessimist – whether he’s filling an antagonistic role remains to be seen, but I certainly could imagine him spearheading InGen’s exploits. On the contrast, I could see being quite outspoken against dinosaurs and perhaps even filling an Malcolm like role. A third option that occurs, however unlikely, is that he may be filling and recasting the shoes of Lewis Dodgson – something long awaited since the first Jurassic Park film.

Ted Levine joins Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, Rafe Spall and BD Wong. The fifth Jurassic Park film has already amassed a fantastic cast, but the story remains shrouded in mystery. I’m pleased that nothing has leaked, but I do hope Universal roars in with some official details soon.

Are you excited with the cast so far? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: Variety

Michael Giacchino To Score Jurassic World Sequel

The Hollywood Reporter today dropped a juicy news nugget confirming that Jurassic World composer Michael Giacchino will be returning to compose the score for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel due in 2018.

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While Giacchino did not discuss the Jurassic World sequel during the interview, the Hollywood Reporter mentioned that the film is on his to do list along with multiple other films.

Giacchino took a break to speak with THR between Rogue One and his next geeky gigs, which include Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, War of the Planet of the Apes, the next Jurassic Park sequel and Pixar’s The Incredibles 2.

The news of Giacchino returning for the Jurassic World sequel is not a huge surprise and most fans expected this to be the case. Given that he did a remarkable job on the Jurassic World score, has developed a solid working relationship with the Jurassic World sequel writer/producer Colin Trevorrow and already has a friendship with the Jurassic World sequel director J.A. Bayona it seemed like he would definitely be back.

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Michael Giacchino with J.A. Bayona in 2013

So are you excited that composer Michael Giacchino will be returning to score the Jurassic World sequel? Let us know in the comments below and on our forums.

Thank you to Fede on Twitter for the heads up!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter