“It was unclear pre-script whether the Jumbo would be a vehicle or a creature or some kind of hybrid, but it was always described as being like a whale or dragon-like shape. My first attempts were on the mechanical side, inspired by various kinds of parasitic worms.” – Phil Saunders
Sketched by Phil Saunders, the ship designs show some early ideas for the Leviathan and Chariot designs, which have some solid variations to the final versions. Some look a lot more mechanical than what eventually made it to screen, and you can see the design process come into focus from drawing to drawing.
It’s an interesting peek behind the scenes to see how different that massive alien attack could’ve looked.
“The chariot was pretty self-explanatory, A craft that would carry a pilot and one or two gunners in the back.” – Phil Saunders
“Originally there was another class of craft like a one-alien flyer that would detach from the Jumbo, and these I envisioned as being the spines of the Jumbo that would drop off like shed scales and unfold into something like wingsuits.” – Phil Saunders