Jurassic Park is one of my favourite adventure films of all time and I have been saving this pitch article for quite some time, only to bring it out now. Nobody can deny that the original 1993 film from Spielberg still holds up. Starting with it’s brilliant acting to its thrilling take of real dinosaurs in a modern day world.
After that film, original Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton wrote a sequel called The Lost World: Jurassic Park, prompting Spielberg and the studio to do another film, too. Unfortunately, Crichton’s novel merely served as a starting point for the finished product the film became, both of which are two completely different animals. I prefer the novel because it’s twice as thrilling as the first book and the characters are a lot more interesting.
Nevertheless, Spielberg’s Jurassic Park sequel was a financial success, but a critical bomb. That didn’t stop Universal in 2001 to go ahead with a third movie. Bringing back fan favourite Alan Grant (Sam Neill’s character from movie one) this movie was a critical and box office dud, forever fossilizing the Jurassic Park franchise in the sedimentary rock from whence it came.
Since 2002 there has been on again, off again talk about a fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, but with big players Steven Spielberg, third film director, Joe Johnston and others, like Kathleen Kennedy, always working on other projects, it seems a fourth movie is nothing more than a conversation – anything past that is anyone’s guess.
Johnston, however, did reveal in an interview in January 2010 that Jurassic Park IV was set to be the beginning of a second Jurassic Park trilogy. He also added,
“Jurassic Park 4 is going to be unlike anything you’ve seen.”
According to a new interview conducted in 2010 by HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, Johnston said a new script is under works with a different idea behind it. Johnston says once he finishes Captain America, he hopefully will develop Jurassic Park IV with Steven Spielberg. Johnston enthusiastically has confirmed the likelihood of the film’s production more than once.
Well, in case Johnston or anyone from the production team or studio reads this column or cares what I have in mind for a whole new trilogy, then, by all means, this pitch is for you.
The Tagline: “Natural Selection Has Picked Us This Time”
I love that tagline, as it feels so the 1980s, doesn’t it? Anyway, this pitch revolves around a new level of Jurassic Park that, like Johnston believes, we haven’t seen yet. We have had three films take place on two islands. What if we bring the dinosaurs to the ultimate island – North America?
Now, unlike my previous pitch columns, I only have one pitch this go-around because it’s really long and I wrote it over two years ago at work when I was bored. I copied it into this article because I think it reads so well. When I wrote this pitch I certainly believed that this is the only way I’d be interested in seeing Jurassic Park again in a non-cheesy way while seemingly bringing back all the older characters and introducing some new ones. Now there is some give-and-take in this storyline, as characters can be renamed, etc. I also think there are a couple of ways to approach this new version in style and look as well:
- Cloverfield it up with digital cams, flip videos and that scary sort of Quarantine look
- Make it more like a zombie film in style and potential violence (i.e – 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead)
- Make it like Gareth Edwards’ Monsters film
Either way, the presentation is equally as different as the plot, setting this sequel from the others.
The Return of Lewis Dodson
Lewis Dodson (the cryptic character in the first movie talking to Nedry – “Dodson, we got Dodson here” ) succeeded in stealing embryos from Ingen (Hammond’s company) to speed his company, Biosyn’s (named in Crichton’s first and second novel), competition up. He did this by not putting his eggs in one basket, but relying completely on Dennis Nedry. He had someone else ready as a back-up. That person was James Levine, a Jurassic Park site 1 scientist (his name is taken from the character in Crichton’s Lost World Novel). The first scene shows Levine stealing the embryos and leaving on the boat shortly before Nedry went through with his plan of stealing other embryos and sending the park into carnage.
The main part of the story takes place 10 years after the events of Jurassic Park 3, which isn’t talked about or well-known by most people because it was covered up by the U.S. State Department. Ian Malcolm, Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler are still around. Grant is teaching at Cambridge, Malcolm is teaching Chaos Theory somewhere, and Ellie is continuing her work as a paleobotanist, using her knowledge of Ingen’s prehistoric plant life that was created to find ways that help thrust medical knowledge in medicines, etc. Her son Charlie is now older. At this point, the three individuals have moved on with their lives with minimal contact with one another, and are not allowed to talk or even acknowledge their experiences on Isla Nublar or Isla Sorna. Not that it matters.
Dinopets are the new Gremlins
You see, Biosyn succeeded where Ingen failed, completing a series of micro-sized Dino-Pets. Biosyn has since bought out Ingen and continued the “Jurassic Park” project to a point that no-one has ever imagined. Yes, I’ll say it again – dino-pets (think mini-dinos that get as big as Yoshi from the live action Mario Brothers film).
In this story, a majority of people have Dino-Pets, complete with neuro-satellite processors that keep the animals from getting out of control, and will ignite an explosive charge in the brain of the creature if need be. There are actually two Jurassic Park theme parks in the country as well, featuring adult, real size creatures, one in San Diego and the other in Orlando.
Lex (Hammond’s granddaughter from film one) is currently in her 20s and works as a software engineer for a major computer software company. Remember she was good at that stuff in the first movie/novel. Timmy, now Tim, is currently a student at the school Grant teaches, as Grant’s research assistant. Lex will come into play later in the story, as her computer knowledge will help to some degree. She also lives in San Diego.
Life seems to be good and everyone has dealt with their past experiences, and have seemed to move on – even with the distaste of Biosyn’s creation of Dino-Pets. We first see Malcolm at a protest rally against having Dino-Pets and these toy-size live dinosaurs, held outside the Biosyn headquarters in San Diego. They are protesting various things, but ultimately, impure use of genetic engineering and the dangers of 65 million-year-old animals used as pets (“Life Finds A Way” would be a chant by the crowd).
Later that night a group of environmental terrorists, mercenaries and scientist terrorists sneak into the Biosyn facility and upload a virus program that will wipe out the animals neuro-processor chip, making them able to exert free will on anybody…meaning feeding and surviving on their own using their own thought. These terrorists also wreck the security protocols for the two parks, thus propelling the “big daddies” into a feeding frenzy. The government and Biosyn seem to be okay with it because they believe that all they have to do is activate a genetic marker (that nano chip I already referred too) in the animals that will release a brain bomb to kill them (much like the Lycine contingency). But the same old story is that they have found a way and evolved out of this contingency. Due to the abundance of Dino-Pets, life-size dinosaur attacks break out everywhere, and to quote, John Hammond in the first movie, “People are dying.”
The Climax: A T-Rex nest, Raptor and Bruce Campbell
The story progresses into its climax, where a massive Rex nest is found at both parks and they have all hatched – think the scene from Godzilla. So now you have chaos. Flying dinosaurs, 100 Spinosaurus’ running around, Diloposaurus’ running around spitting on people and paralyzing them, and every big bad dinosaur you can think of is running around. T-Rex’s are terrifying, but perhaps the single biggest threat is the thousands of raptors running around with coordinated attack techniques and intelligence, which have never been seen before by anyone except by Alan Grant and the survivors of JP3.
One scene I have in mind is in Grant’s class. He is teaching, when busting through a window, are three raptors that attack the students. Grant and Tim run out and begin their quest to survive. When they are leaving the school, a helicopter lands with men and guns, trying to contain the raptors. They grab Grant and Tim and ask for them to get on the chopper. They have to go see the President of the U.S. When they land at a fortified Camp David, a “Bruce Campbell” president greets them, and they are shown to a room. Sitting there is the president of Biosyn, Lewis Dodson and Ellie Sattler, along with Malcolm, who is screaming at one of the president’s advisors, and one of Dodson’s scientists, about Chaos and other stuff.
Grant demands to know what’s going on when President “Bruce” begins to talk. Alright everyone, sit down and shut-up! We have a problem and we need to get fixed. Dodson, what is Biosyn planning to do about this? Blah, Blah, Blah. Grant has his rant along with Malcolm, where they basically have their “I am right” moment. Ellie’s husband is now one of the president’s advisors and is standing next to Charlie outside the room waiting for Ellie to come out.
This is the basis for the first film, where even though we have the technology, we are outnumbered and man-power is diminished completely that the world is almost like it was thrust back 65 million years ago. The second film in this trilogy will explore life after the dinosaurs have taken over and how groups of humans have survived in this semi-post-apocalyptic world now run by dinosaurs.