Watch: 'Jurassic World' Pitch Reel Unleashes Dinosaurs on the World
Just after last night's news that Jurassic Park 4 had been given a June 12, 2015 release date with the official title of Jurassic World, we now have a tease of what we might be able to expect from the sequel, but that speculative at this point. Concept artist Iain McCaig, responsible for designing villain Darth Maul for George Lucas in The Phantom Menace, showed up this pitch reel for the dinosaur sequel at a Star Wars convention in Germany. Just so we're clear, this is not footage from the actual movie, and this is just a "pitch" reel created by McCaig as an effort to get a job working on the Universal project from director Colin Trevorrow. However, it might give us some insight on the kind of action we can expect in the film. Watch!
Here's the Jurassic World pitch reel by Iain McCaig, originally found by STYD:
Update: Universal has removed all available copies of the pitch reel from the internet.
First of all, you have to forgive the lower quality animation, because a pitch reel isn't going to contain the most polished effects. It's too expensive and takes too much time. The reel is merely an effort to capture the style, tone and talents of what McCaig could bring to the table. Shock Til You Drop found the video and the user who uploaded it says McCaig explained that this was shown to Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, and "it certainly got Steven interested in dinosaurs again…" Does this reel hint that the sequel might feature dinosaurs being unleashed from Isla Nublar and into the rest of the world? Or is this just an isolated scene, unrelated to the story, solely created by McCaig to show off dinosaur action?
The action is certainly exciting and worthy of a blockbuster, but it also feels like the silliness that made the end of Jurassic Park: The Lost World a dud. Maybe this scene is just taking a cue from the final moments of Jurassic Park III featuring pterodactyls flying next to the helicopters leaving the island. It might be awhile before we get some plot details, but we're trying to be cautiously optimistic for Jurassic World. Thoughts?