Thursday, June 11, 2015

Zaki's Retro Review: Jurassic Park III (2001)

In summer of 1993, most of the world watched and fell in love with the Jurassic Park movie. But while I’m sure countless folks would have loved to make a dinosaur movie after seeing it, one person was actually in a position to make that happen. Joe Johnston, friend of Steven Spielberg and himself director of such crowd-pleasers as The Rocketeer and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, had been a lifelong dinosaur buff, and he told Spielberg in no uncertain terms that if a sequel were to happen, he wanted to be the one to captain that ship.

And while Spielberg decided to helm the sequel himself, he never forgot that conversation. In the aftermath of The Lost World's summer ‘97 release, a bit of paralysis had overtaken the development process. While an unqualified box office smash (it owned the opening weekend box office record until the first Harry Potter was released four-plus years later), it was also inarguably less beloved than the original. Thus, the Jurassic creatives had to figure out where to take things next — this time without the benefit of an existing novel by Michael Crichton to point the way.

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