Thursday, August 20, 2015

Still-Born Development

Jurassic World is one of the monster hits of moviedom, and Jurassic Park didn't do badly twenty-plus years ago. There were plenty of live-action sequels, but no animated spin-offs. But it appears they worked on one.

... The vision for the show was “a mature primetime series with top writers and state-of-the-art television animation augmented with quite a bit of CG animation. Universal Cartoon Studios wanted a 'graphic-novel look' to the series," [says illustrator William Stout.] "I came in, showed my portfolio and was hired.” ...

And you see one of his illustrations directly above.

What the series would have looked like, and how it would have performed if it had actually been greenlit? Who can tell two decades later? The television and theatrical landscapes are littered with projects that never made it to production, or made it halfway and then died.

There will no doubt be interest in plenty of spin-offs to the latest $1.5 billion Jurassic blockbuster. It's not beyond the realm of possibility that an animated series might be one of them.


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