The Jurassic Park franchise had pretty much run its course by 2001′s Jurassic Park III, and since Hollywood is incapable of letting a franchise die, it was in serious need of a reinvention if there was going to be a fourth movie, which of course there was. Check that, is. As of today, Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are scripting a fourth Jurassic Park, with Steven Spielberg producing, aiming for a summer 2013 release. But back in 2004, there was a pitch and a script from William Monahan (The Departed) and John Sayles (The Spiderwick Chronciles) that involved dinosaur-human hybrids that shot weapons and were used to fight crime. Oh what could have been.
It might be hard to believe but the story saw a secret genetics lab get involved with cross-breeding humans with dinosaurs, giving them problem-solving intelligence and the ability to fire weapons and fight crime, but controlled by human authorities. [Reddit via FirstShowing]
DINOSAURS THAT SHOOT GUNS AND FIGHT CRIME! And to think, all this time I thought that idea only existed in old Photoshops of mine. Apparently it made it far enough into pre-production that ILM created concept art and 3D models (see above and below). Jesus, that is the best idea ever. Here’s a bit more, from an old, ridiculously verbose script review on AICN: