Earlier today YouTube user Oliver Thompson took to his account and uploaded a brief video which supposedly shows concept footage that was used to pitch a Jurassic Park 4 idea to Universal Pictures.
The footage, which you can view below, shows a flying dino (I’d try to name it, but I’d probably be wrong) swooping down on a public beach and snatching up a surfer. It’s pretty brief and the CGI is very simplistic, but it’s a only a concept trailer so it would’ve been put together pretty quickly.
Apparently the footage made it’s first debut at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2 back in July. A NeoGaf user posted a comment about having seen the footage way back when, but it obviously didn’t draw much attention as people thought it was for a game at the time. Here’s the comment:
At CE2 today Iain Mcaig & Pablo Hidalgo introduced a video teaser clip of what was called “Jurassic World.”
I’m not sure what type of dinosaur it was but think it was a pterodactyl?
The clip starts with the pterodactyl landing on a beach hut and crushing it, then launching itself high into the sky, circling and swooping & screeching.
Next the camera pans back to the beach where people are bathing & surfing, the camera zooms in close on a huge wave with a surfer riding the tube, then the pterodactyl comes flying through the wave and flys off with the surfer in its jaws.
This then adds some legitimacy to the claims being made on the YouTube account which says that the footage was indeed taken at a Star Wars Celebration in Europe.
All I can say is this video was shown as part of Iain McCaig’s presentation at the recent Star Wars convention in Germany (he’s the fantastic concept artist and designer of Darth Maul). I can only presume it was part of a pitch for reigniting the JP movie franchise, if anyone can confirm please let me know. It was apparently shown to Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg. Mr McCaig actually said “it certainly got Steven interested in dinosaurs again…” I just think is so cool!
And what does Universal Pictures have to say about all this? Nothing yet, but you can bet that if this is a legitimate concept pitch it’ll be taken down pretty soon. At this time, only producer Frank Marshall has commented on the leaked footage saying on Twitter that it’s “not a part of the movie.”
So what do you think? Check out the footage below and let us know. Remember, it’s highly unlikely that this represents Jurassic World in anyway. For all we know, this could’ve been a rejected concept pitch, but Universal might’ve just stuck with the name.