As you’ve noticed, dinosaurs have been featured in a lot of terrible movies. From Lost Continent to Jurassic World, from King Dinosaur to Ice Age 3, not to mention any Asylum movie on the Sci Fi Channel, it’s easy to put a dinosaur on screen, but it’s hard to make the experience worthwhile. Sometimes the effects are terrible. Sometimes the dinosaurs are cliched. Sometimes the film is just plain badly written and shot. So it’s a shame to find out about great movies that were never made.
In Hollywood, it takes a lot of luck for a project to see work, especially one with an ambitious
premise or one demanding expensive special effects. Even filmmakers like Kubrick or Spielberg have had projects die before seeing light. Fortunately, big ambitious projects are remembered, especially if they’re by people who have made other hit films but somehow were thwarted other times. In this case, Mark Berry’s excellent Dinosaur Filmography came very much in handy.
These projects all sound like a lot of fun-it’s not often dinosaur movies get made, simply because of the limitations in budget, writing ability, and marketability inherent in the genre. Frankly, if we had these made, they would have turned out far superior than most dinosaur films that actually saw light. These were dream projects, vast in scope and ambition. Some of them were salvaged and recreated into excellent films. Some of them turned out into disasters. But it’s fascinating to learn about them, and dream about what could have been. Who knows? We may see them someday even after their originators have long been dead. Anything can happen in Hollywood, and they love to remake and revisit. Maybe someday these will be made.