John Sayles is an independent script writer, director, and novelist who'd been in the business for a good two decades when he was approached in the early 2000s by Universal to do the script for the fourth Jurassic Park movie. It wasn't really a bad pick, as Sayles had done nature horror films before with "The Howling" (1981), "Alligator" (1980), and the cult-classic "Piranha" (1978) as well as science-fiction with "Clan of the Cave Bear" (1986) and "Apollo 13" (1995). He was also familiar with Universal because he had been a writer for the earlier drafts of "E.T".
Taking up the slack of the previous writers, Sayles supposedly largely redid what he had on hand already from previous writers. I'm not quite sure of which happened, but I'm inclined to think this was the case because it almost seems like two movies or more sandwiched together. The infamous "Homocraptors" were from an earlier script and got reworked here. Reason I bring this script up in particular? Because this almost became the full film. Those rumors of them preparing to go into pre-production during 2004-2005? This was the script they were most likely running with. In addition to the completion of the script vouching for its near use, while obviously this script didn't become a film it had left a lot of trace elements that wound up in Jurassic World.
So we open up with a flock of pterosaurs attacking a park and baseball game and we learn from exposition afterwards from Hammond and the news that more and more dinosaurs and pterosaurs are migrating off the islands and spreading out of control. Hammond, who at this point is the most sued man in history, calls in a former soldier-now mercenary Nick Harris. Forever proving himself a man of changing nature he's gone from industrialist to naturalist to mad scientist. He wants to create a 'Judus' strain of dinosaurs, hyper aggressive breeders that will out-compete the normal creatures but are sterile. And because amber trade is now illegal and cloning dinosaurs is very illegal, he needs the embryo remains from Nedry's can from the first movie. Thus he sends Nick to Isla Nublar.
Isla Nublar meanwhile has been under charge of the Grendel corporation, a Swiss corp spoken for by Wilheilm Speiler, and all the dinosaurs have supposedly been eradicated. Yep, they announce every dinosaur on the island has been gunned down. No Rexy to be seen. Nick arrives in a very Mission Impossible manner (script's words, not mind) and takes all of 5 minutes to find Nedry's wreak and skeleton (even cracking a "You dropped a few pounds." one-liner), then the can. Then Grendel mercs pop out all around him as apparently their group has been looking for and wants the can as well.
And then the "Diggers" show up. Apparently some species are more stubborn and managed to evade being killed. These Diggers are a new species we've never seen before, basically being described as black bodies, red eyed raptors (Excavaraptors as the script calls them) with mole-like forelimbs and shorter hind limbs. The Grendel mercs go the way of the red shirts and Nick has an extended chase with a very persistent Digger. He manages to get away after a long sequence through the jungle and InGen ruins but the sea plane (manned by a guy named Darwin no less) wins a Darwin award when a kronosaurus outta-nowhere wrecks the plane, kills Darwin, and scares the Digger off. Nick is found by the Grendel helicopters and has to go with them.
In a brief scene of them stopping by the mainland, we see Nick stash the can away before being taken to the Grendel corp's base. It's a castle in Switzerland. Brace yourselves folks, we're getting into full blown Bond villain territory.
Nick meets the geneticist on hand, Maya, and finds the castle has a small stock of dinosaurs. They got an Ankylosaurus, several
Chlamydosaurus Dilophosaurus, and several Deinonychus who've been genetically modified to have bits of Ornitholestes (dexterity), dog (obedience), and human (intelligence) DNA. Granted they barely look any different from normal raptors based off the descriptions, so just imagine them looking like the male Nublarensis raptors from TLW. They each have a X- 1, 2, 3, 4, and 4; or as we'll later know them as Spartacus, Achilles, Hector, Perseus, and Orestes. Each one is outfitted with a regulator wired into its brain, indicated by a box just behind their ear about the size of a cellphone. Joyce, the overseer, basically tells Nick they need him to train the Deinonychus. Yep, we've reaching one infamous point that carried over into Jurassic World.
Say hello to the prototypes of the Raptor Squad.
To Be Continued-