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The Indominus Rex, InGen’s crowning achievement and, simultaneously, its worst nightmare, was an incredibly intelligent dinosaur hybrid that fused together DNA from the regular ol’ Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, cuttlefish, tree frogs, and a pit viper to create a rampaging killing machine of epic proportions. Otherwise known as I. Rex – or, the “fierce and untameable king” – the Indominus was arguably the one true antagonist of Jurassic World, and it turns out the creative minds at Universal once considered some radically alternate designs for the man-made beast.
First spotted by ScreenGeek, concept artist Ian Joyner has shared a scrapped render that painted Indominus in a completely new light. Bolstered by that cuttlefish DNA, the I. Rex is able to use camouflage to blend in with its surrounding environment – hence the ash-grey skin color of the final design – but down below, you’ll be able to see Jurassic World‘s fearsome creature with yellow skin replete with dark grey stripes. Think of a nightmarish zebra with an insatiable appetite and you’ll begin to get an idea of Joyner’s alternate design.
Overall, the Indominus Rex still retains much of the same anatomy in this proposed concept, including those prolonged talons and super-sized jaw. Spanning 50 feet from tip to tail, Jurassic World‘s man-made nasty is a force to be reckoned with, and at least based on early reports, its sequel, Fallen Kingdom, will double down on genetically modified dinos come 2018.
Headed up by Juan Antonio Bayona, who stepped in to fill the void left by Colin Trevorrow, erstwhile director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been slated for release on June 22nd, 2018. True to its word, Universal is said to be angling Bayona’s follow-up as the second chapter in a bona fide trilogy, meaning the third and final (?) instalment ought to be with us in 2021.