Kathleen Kennedy Says One of the Stars of Jurassic Park Was Almost Killed Halfway Through

Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 8:59AM
Jurassic World
Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 8:59AM
Kathleen Kennedy Says One of the Stars of Jurassic Park Was Almost Killed Halfway Through
The ending of Jurassic Park has become one of the classic endings in cinema, particularly the scene in which the T-Rex comes barreling in to save the human protagonists from the velociraptors. But apparently, the ending was almost very different, as the most iconic dinosaur from the series was almost killed halfway through the film.

Speaking with Nerdist on a recent podcast, Lucasfilm head and longtime Spielberg collaborator Kathleen Kennedy stated that halfway through filming Jurassic World, the story called for the T-Rex to be killed off. But Spielberg, wise man that he is, changed his mind at the last minute. "The T Rex is the star of the movie!" he told Kennedy. So they rewrote the latter half of the movie for the sole purpose of keeping their biggest star alive for a big finish.

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"We, literally right by the monitor, started to talk about how we were going to change the next scene, and the entire end of the film, as we were making it, so that we could keep our leading actor, the T Rex, alive," Kennedy said.
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Jurassic Park would have been a very different movie, and probably not a better one, if the T-Rex had been killed halfway through. By keeping it alive to return at the end, they crafted a classic action adventure ending that still influences blockbusters today (that was basically the ending of the most recent Godzilla, right?).

Via Blastr.
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