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JURASSIC PARK 3.... some news and some musings...

Hey folks, Harry here. Garth over at Dark Horizons is reporting the the cinematographer for JURASSIC PARK 3 has said in an interview that filming is to start in New Zealand in the next few weeks... And from a Spanish mag, it seems that Chris Klein (the American Pie kid). I've already had one reader suggest that if filming is going to start in New Zealand... then perhaps Sam Neill will be involved... And still there's the fact that Laura Dern and Joe Johnston have worked together in the past and perhaps... Hmmm... Johnston has hinted that at least one first film cast member will return maybe more... Whatever the case is... I'll be headed for Costa Rica soon for my own expedition to find the island and capture my own Dinos for my Dinosaur version of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT... Sigh... But it seems that filming is getting ready to move forward.

Before Joe Johnston sets off on his grand dinosaur film, let me give all of you a short little story that was related to me on one of my meetings with Ray Harryhausen, where he revealed to me the secret to great monster movie making.

Ray had just seen JURASSIC PARK the night before in Dallas, Texas. I was set up at a show selling vintage movie memorabilia... He came in to remember the history of film. We talked about a great many items... the unmade TIME MACHINE sequel that he and George Pal were going to do together. The film he was going to make with Walt Disney. And at one point I asked him if he had seen Jurassic Park.

He went on and on about how much he loved the animation of the dinosaurs and how it made him feel... of no more use to the world. Post-Cg-Dino Syndrome I called it. I commented that I felt that Gwangi had more personality than any of the dinosaurs in JP, and that Willis' stegosaurus in KING KONG was still my favorite Dinosaur. And that's when Ray asked me, "Harry, you want to know the secret to great movie monster making?"

I felt electric sparks shiver down my spine. It was as if God was offering to hand me FIRE for the first time in human existence. I stammered out a yes and Ray continued....

Today, movies are so rush rush rush. The monsters come at you as if that were their only purpose. A monster, a dinosaur, the creature... Their normal state is at ease. Relaxing beneath a shade tree.... drinking water..... Grooming itself. Sleeping. A monster has to have a passive face, that way... when it is after a person... when it does want to kill... it's horrifying. Lions in cages are not fierce.... Lions chasing down a gazelle are ferocious. When you give the creature this other side, you are fulfilling it's character. Today they don't do that because it costs so much money for every second of screentime... But those seconds count. The reason Kong is the greatest film creature created is because he didn't want to kill people. He was forced into it. They took from him. They shot at him. They exploited him. The beast is not at fault. Animals kill for food and out of fear and to protect... Not to terrify.

If nothing else I hope Johnston considers it a bit when making this the third and best of the Jurassic Parks. I'm calling it that because... Joe has the great benefit of not having one of Crichton's novels. If he had it, he'd be shackled by what he HAD to do and by what he couldn't AFFORD to do.

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  • Feb. 1, 2000, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Settling the score...

    by Zinema

    Although I think Joe Johnston is certainly a solid director, and that ILM will almost certainly be doing the FX, I have to say that a "Jurassic Park" sequel without a John Williams score would be most unfortunate. Since Johnston has worked with James "Kinko's" Horner, I'm assuming Horner will probably be a contender to do the JP3 score. Ugh. I don't even want to imagine this film without Williams' triumphant "Jurassic Park" theme. Wow, I think I might be first...or maybe not...

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 7:15 a.m. CST

    A message from a god.

    by celt

    Indeed, those old monsters did have more personality. I loved JP when it first came out but I can't stand the sentimental drivel that absorbs most of the movie. The dinosaurs are still great but they lack that certain something. And another excellent point - fortunately there is no droll Crichton novel to shackle the heels of creativity. Good luck to the project.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Boy, I really DON'T have a life today

    by Brundledan

    Allow me to stand up and cheer for the MAN himself, Ray Harryhausen, for he has absolutely nailed it. CHARACTER. THAT'S what counts. Even when dealing with fantastical creatures (like dinosaurs; Spielberg will long be remembered for dreaming those weird creations up, heh heh), it is the effectiveness of CHARACTERIZATION that makes the difference between a believable monster and an unbelievable special effect. It's that elusive quality that only a genius like Harryhausen can REALLY capture. .......P.S. Sam Neill getting involved in JP3 could be the hook to actually getting me excited about this project.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Oh Captain my Captain...

    by Splinter

    Er...I think that point of this whole exercise is that it is 'worth' making. Why do you think its BEING made? OK, here's a hint... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Are you with me? You think Universal are cranking this baby out to win critical accolades? To garner Oscar nominations for its incisive, hyper-relaistic acting? To re-invent celluloid as we know it? Er....don't think so mate. I see Burger-King, T-Shirts...hell, I even see number 4 peering around the corner in 3 or 4 years time. Its not often you can be guaranteed to get most of your budget back within the first three days. That, my dear Captain, is why its 'worth' making. Will it be good? I seriously doubt it. Will I go and see it? Almost certainly. And somewhere out there, an oily exec is smiling. Splinter out.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Character Monsters

    by Mole

    Yeah, I saw Ray on TV saying something like this... that the reason the old stop motion monsters were more memorable was that JUST ONE guy was working on them, and that therefore that guy could develop a good feel for that monster's personality. As it is now, you have a squillion programmers all developing algorithms that will make a T-Rex's nose snuffle convincingly. Hence, very often, weak characterisation. JP was disappointing, but OK. JP2 was just BAD.... it felt like nothing more than a remix of the first one. When that little boy looks out of the window and sees the dino, and his parents don't belive him?.... I hope Speilburg was parodying himself. The alternative is that he was simply on autopilot.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 8:57 a.m. CST

    ARGH! NOT AGAIN!

    by Moreno

    Honest! hasn't our kind (the human race that is) understood the concept of "enough"... yes, yes... Jurasic park was a GOOD movie... Jurasic Park 2 made money... but honest, people got toooo caried away... and now they are talking about a 3rd? HELP ME! This is your tipical movie explotation! the first was a good idea, heck, even the second was good (the book was way better though-must admit that the scrip writers went wako towards the end)... but the point is> enough is enough... do something new! Id rather go and see the barnie movie before another sequel to Jurasic park... unless of course they make it (thanks to amiracle maybe) inpresivelly good... (including a good cast, NO MORE STUPID KIDS WHO FUCK UP ALL OVER THE PLACE... ). please, Ross wanna be's, dont hit me.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Jumajii 2? >ARGH! NOT AGAIN!

    by Moreno

    Jumajii... not a good film. jumajii 2... twice as bad already foreseen . Moreno and his views of the world speak of BAD MOVIE. bleieve me. I know.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Quality Films

    by The Brain

    Eternal damnation for that return key!!! Quite often in Talk Back people feel that it's necessary to rant and rave about the quality of films released on us poor unsuspecting public. Have you ever heard the expression 'constant sunshine does a desert make'? The majority of films that are made all cater for a specific market and must have a substantial dollar return in order for the investors to sustain growth. This concept is more commonly known as business! The fact that these popcorn blockbusters exist allows film production companies the chance to use some of their excess profits to make smaller less commercial films. I love all manor of films from the sublime to the ridiculous, some films I'll watch once others I'll watch over and over again. There is no rational explanation as to what makes a 'good' film maybe if you have an objection to a film genre you should simply steer clear of that genre. As the patient says to the doctor ' it hurts when I do this ' and the doctor replies ' well don't do it then '.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Actually, it might not be so bad,

    by twindaggerturkey

    particularly if they spend more time on many different kinds of dinosaur and less on "character" and "message." I don't give a @#$ about the whole "man tampering with nature" thing-- I just want to see dinosaurs.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Mr. Methane, the secret to the dinosaur's survival

    by Monster Rain

    SPOILER-In JP3, it is revealed that Mr. Methane has been hiding out on the island, and his might gas is what eventually defeated the lysine contingency! You heard it here first!

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Joe vs. the Script

    by Akambe

    Harry, the screenwriter of Jurassic Park 2 wasn't shackled by a book, either! If you read Lost World, you'll see about the only think they took from the novel was "Site B" and a few dinosaur ideas. No shackles there.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 12:09 p.m. CST

    PROBLEM: CGI DINOS CAN'T CARRY A MOVIE ANYMORE

    by SDG

    When the original JP came out, no one had seen anything like it. The CGI dinos were onscreen for like six minutes and still it was the greatest thing ever. Now, one sequel later, there's that Disney DINOSAUR project, there's been an IMAX film (was that 3D?), not to mention the aliens in STARSHIP TROOPERS, the crocodile in LAKE PLACID, etc. Granted many of these movies have been as bad as JP II. But the thrill is gone. Now filmmakers must learn to USE CGI as a TOOL to TELL STORIES, not a substitute for not having a story. And story was never the strong suit of the JP movies. JP II insulted our intelligence to the point where I stopped caring about the characters (always a fatal mistake in a monster flick; witness the last two ALIEN films). I mean, a smart dino expert scientist who has explicitly commented on the olfactory capacity of T-rexes gets baby T-rex blood on her jacket, COMMENTS on the dino blood, and then continues to wear the jacket and even hang it in her tent that night, wafting in the breeze. Every 10-year-old in the theater knew she should have ditched the jacket! Would it be impossible to write a good story to the title JURASSIC PARK 3? No, but why bother? If you've got a good story to tell, why not make it sui generis and not saddle it with the baggage of Spielberg's worst recent film?

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 12:37 p.m. CST

    King Kong etc

    by primemover

    Although Kong was forced into killing--he did it with a certain relish. Look at the way he chewed on natives--or stomped them under foot. And he was always careful to be an equal opportunity monster--women, stock brokers, t-rex, pteradon,--you name it--Kong didnt discriminate. Still my favourite movie. Ray is right on the money about the way the spfx creatures are handled today. JP2 did make an attempt to show the dinosaurs doing other things besides killing--but there were still a few scenes where they went cheapy on the fx shots(for shame Spielberg! Ray H. did alot more with much less) If they make another one they better have a dynamite script though--JP was able to get by because of six minutes of groundbreaking cgi. LW had a more coherent story and characters but it was only lukewarm. They need a story. And they are running out of scenarios for this concept.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 12:49 p.m. CST

    and another thing

    by primemover

    LW had some embrassing problems with it--like the gymnastics scene, or the gun tampering bit. Or the massacre on the ship. Incredibly lazy screenwriting. Still--JP was just as guilty. Look at the way the T-rex appears out of no where to snatch the velociraptor out of the air. Yeah right--like the velociraptors wouldnt have seen it coming. Or the way the kids--after being chased could stop for a jello break. Jp had some of the worst, pointless dialogue to grace a movie ina long time: "I like cows. Veggiesaurus Lex! Veggiesaurus!" LW was a popcorn adventure flick--it never pretended to be anything else. JP on the other hand tried to be some serious, scientifically accurate Frankenstein/Jaws on land thriller. It wasnt.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Chris Klein?!? Chris Klein?

    by Ellie Sattler

    Granted, his Keanu-esque facial blankness can be endearing at times, and he's not a bad actor...when playing jocks. But somehow, I can't picture him facing down a T. Rex. They need to bring back Laura Dern (and tell her not to gasp so much this time around). And while we're on the subject, I happen to agree with Mr. Harryhausen. The problem with JP2 was that you never learned anything about the dinos. You just saw them attacking stuff. They just became running mouths after awhile. I wanted to see them rest for two seconds...but hey, that's just my opinion.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Love watching Harryhausen's work.

    by All Thumbs

    Hearing about King Kong and thinking about all those other movies ("Time Machine" is one of my favs) makes me want to build my own movie hause and just show films made before 1970. (Cause they are rarely shown on the big screen anymore, not because I don't think anything good has come out since.)

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Harryhausen is right!!! Screw DGI, I wanna see DINOSAURS!!!

    by Stephen Dedalus

    I think that the animated movie DINOSAURS is going to kick the crap out of any possible JP sequel. Do we really need anymore? I think that Hollywood has pretty much drained them of any entertainment value. I'm still recovering from THE LOST WORLD- God, what a horrible piece of dinoshit. But Harryhausen has a VERY good point- we need to see dinos in their natural state. They need more character. That's why the original JP was such a good movie- not only was there a lot of excitement, but there was also a lot of interesting facts about dinos thrown in that made it more interesting. Remember how Spielberg and Crichton taught us about how the raptors and t-rexes attack? That was the best part of the movie. I think the new animated film DINOSAURSwill do much better. It has a more realistic outlook that seems every bit as fascinating.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 1:28 p.m. CST

    When all else fails, make a sequel.

    by Powerslave

    We're all gonna see it anyway, so there's no sense in complaining. Resistance is futile...

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 1:35 p.m. CST

    gymnist

    by kochez

    i hope that the gymnist girl is in it again!! that spin around the bar and kick the raptor part rooled!!! what the hell was he thinking? kids thought that was stoopid.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Harryhausen on JP

    by Slip Mahoney

    My homeboy Larry Lankford was talking to Ray the day after they both saw JP. His exact words were:"Larry, it looks like I'm the dinosaur now." Almost brings a tear to my eye.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Good choice for director

    by pipsorcille

    I don't really think Joe Johnston is one of the greatests directors living today, but he's fine, I suppose. I mean, his films are decent to watch. Jumanji, well, I find it hard to really classify that film as bad, unless you look at the really fake-looking computer animated monkeys. October Sky, never really saw it, but it seemed like it was a solid drama. I mean, I'm really glad that it's Johnston making Jurassic Park 3 and not some random, amateur director who will turn a movie into just a worthless piece of crap.

  • There is the chance though, but even then, it'll probably be nothing special. My one shining hope will be that in say 5 or so years cgi will have advanced to the point that it will become accessible (financially feasible that is) for documentaries to offer a paleontologically accurate and visually attractive super-dino-docu. Like Disney's DINOSAUR but without talking lemurs and with the cooperation of the likes of Robert Bakker and John Horner.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Walking with dinosaurs.

    by Horus

    Anyone wanting to see dinos acting as real animals should try to see the bbc produced series walking with dinosaurs.its a six part history of these animals fom their initial evolution ..to their extinction.its all done using near {sometimetimes better!} jp style cgi.and treated as a wildlife docu.The flesh eating raptors etc are treated as predators..not monsters, and shots of herds of giant planteaters moving across the landscape are jaw dropping.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 4:11 p.m. CST

    The Lost World doomed JP3's chances at success

    by Niiiice

    There's a reason audiences threw their wallets at this film (The Lost World) on opening weekend. It was the anticipation and expectations that they had been given from the first Jurassic Park. And there's a reason The Lost World suffered shockingly high box office depreciations in the following weeks: because audiences hated it. Well, maybe hate is too strong a word. The film did go on to gross $200 million+, but it failed in the sense that it didn't come close to the original's take and box office experts were expecting it to outgross the original. This brings us to JP3. Regardless of how good it is, they can't count on that huge box office opening anymore. Why? Because of the bad taste The Lost World left in audience's mouths. Anticipation for yet another dinosaur flick, with the animated Dinosaurs on the way, is approaching zero.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 5:03 p.m. CST

    jurassic park three will suck

    by eddie munster

    come on, how many sequals can you make. Come up with something new and original. I mean, they even want to make a sequal to Godzilla, the monsterflop of all time. Get on with it Hollywood, be creative. Cheers

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Scoop of a scoop?

    by Funmazer

    WOW. You scooped a scoop from another web site. YOU'RE AWESOME! At least you created 'substance' with your usually 8-pages-long-bet-you-can't-finish-reading-it-all blather. I'm off to Dark Horizons!

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 8:06 p.m. CST

    <An overlooked idea, Harry>

    by Saulot

    I know you just briefly mentioned it, but how cool would be a Blair Witch-style JP movie? Don't actually show the dinosaurs, because, well, the awe of seeing them for the first time is gone and so is the magic. A good "OH MY GOD, WE'RE GOING TO DIE" type atmosphere would be excellent. The only bad thing is if the dinosaurs land on the mainland, again!--Saulot--

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 8:39 p.m. CST

    I have hope without Spielberg and since when were the movies sha

    by SethShandor

    Both movies, in particular Lost World varied from the books quite a bit. So even if there was a third book and the movie was nothing like it, I don't think people would mind too much. Not having Spielberg direct this is a step in the right direction. Lost World was on auto-pilot from Spielberg and he seemed to be even insulting the audience with it. "You want dinosaurs?!? Here's your damn dinos and some crap one liners and absolutely no characterization at all!!! But hey look at them dinos!!" Remember the complaints about shallow characters in JP? Remember how Spielberg and Koepp said they were really working hard on the characters and characterizations in the next one. Well, that was obviously bullshit. Vince Vaugh disappears. Malcolm's daughter and girlfriend aren't interesting at all. And absolutely none of the villians are drawn out or anything more than dino-feed. Site b? Well, what the hell ever happened to site a? No one every says? Is it still abandoned? Was it destroyed? In the book it was, but not in the films. The ending is obviously tacked on. Cool seeing the t-rex in the city, but the story just stops and bam! tacked on whole other ending. Honestly, could someone e-mail me and explain what the hell was supposed to have happened on the boat at the end of Lost World? Did the Rex get loose and kill everyone? Impossible. The room which had the severed hand on the wheel was not destroyed. It would have to be gone for Rex to get in there. And how, if it did escape, could it kill everyone on board? Why wouldn't it have jumped off the boat? It wouldn't have known how deep the water was. How did it get back into the hold if it was loose? Were raptors on board killing people? They could get in every nook and cranny if they were there, but where did they go? If everyone wasn't dead, with rex traped in the hold why not stop the ship? It's as if the Spielberg said,"Have the boat crash and everybodys dead, we won't explain it, it won't make any sense, but no one will care because we got the rex running around the city." Nothing about the boat makes sense. I remember people in the theater asking each other what the hell happened. Of course, the sequel won't explain this, they will assume we all apparently "got it." I hope Sam Neil comes back. I will be there if he is. Hopefully with a new director and carte blanche this could be a more worthy sequel to the original. As for disney's Dinosaur project, it looks okay, the dinosaurs are a bit to stylized for me, and being disney, it's a 92% chance it'll end up being stupid as hell.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 8:50 p.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by Powerslave

    For the T-Rex to have followed the people, wouldn't it have had to get over the electric fence somehow? Remember, it was on the same side they were on. Also, wouldn't they have heard it coming before it burst in the lobby? Cool scene, but if you think about it, it is a real cop-out from a dramatic standpoint. All those people should have been killed by the raptors.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 10 p.m. CST

    where the t-rex came from

    by jekyll

    it mentioned this in the book, and it was apparent in the movie if you looked for it, but behind those plastic sheets in the visitor's center lobby, there were as-yet uncompleted gaps in the walsl. yeah, it doesn't make much sense, but that's crichton's logic

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Pulp Dinosaurs

    by KnightRonin

    Howdy Harry and All, Screw Jurassic Park. Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear... It's a fine book with Ray Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien as just two of the well-rounded characters within. It also benefits from being a good pulp-style period story that has some good Dinosaur moments and a sense of awe; something that was sorely missing from the last JP film. It's a good read. I'm hoping Joe Johnson can squeeze some of those precious bits of juice from the Jurassic Park orange. It may turn out to be okay in the end. Here's hopin'.

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Dinosaur personality

    by Horus

    I know what Harry, means{and I agree with him later in this post} , but how much personality , would a dinosaur really have had?.In the case of the meat eaters,These things evolved , almost purely as killing machines.Their eyesight , hearing ect was meant to have been awesome and you cant argue that they didn't have teeth for the job.But , unless their brains worked in a way thats very differant from animals today,then, they were all very thick indeed.It's no good trying to compare them to tigers and lions etcTheyre ,way more brainy.Modern crocodiles give you a better idea of how a T-Rex would have acted, almost all *instinct*.Raptors on the other hand were a little better off , but I think wer'e talking, modern eagle type behaviour at best.Any brain power they had ,would have gone towards a totally predatory state.The plant eaters were by all accounts even dumber.Thats not to say that raptors and so on wouldn't have had courtship rituals etc , But I'm not sure that would count as personality.Anyway though this sounds like its going against what Harry said, I do agree with him.I watched Lost world the other day, and was struck by the fact that spielberg seemed to completely go against his own concept on JP, that These dinos... were animals that happen to be extinct..not monsters.Lost World ,shows them as nothing but monsters .all they do is attack in the darkness or pouring rain... smash things up ,or eat peaple !They may have well as been the Aliens for what its worth.At least in Jp ,the *Spitter* got to make some odd /cute noises and get some character.Plus there was that cool scene of the rex bringing down one of the ostrich like dinos.That looked like the creature in its natural enviroment ,doing the business.Where was all that, in Lost World?

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 11:34 p.m. CST

    The boat scene.

    by Horus

    I agree with the above postings..what was going on in the boat scene.By all accounts Spieberg made that ending up at the last minute,I don't know if it all made perfect sense to him..or, he thought that anyone watching it, would be so thick as to accept what ever shit he put on the screen.The only plausable explaination is that a raptor or two, got aboard the ship and tore up the crew .The hand hanging from the wheel is almost the same as samuel L Jacksons , severed hand/arm in JP.What happened to the raptors after that is any ones guess {Its like a Raptor, Marie Celeste mystery!}Perhaps the sailors were drunks and the raptors who eat them, became tipsy and then fell off the boat.All Spielberg really needed to do was have a raptor laying dead on the boat , with gunshot wounds..and that might at least have explained it a bit.As it stands that whole scene is just silly!

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Joe

    by mattonio

    I like Joe Johnston. I think he is a fine director, and to some extent a more technically skilled director than Spielberg. (Johnston after all worked with Lucas on the Star Wars films) However,I'm thinking this film will be viewed as nothing but a pour cousin to the other two, simply because it does not have the hand of Spielberg upon it. Frankly I thought the first one was allright, the second one was slightly humorous but mostly lame, and I can't see where they are going to go with this one. Please let the dinos go back to extinction. And if Horner does the score, will Celine come out of retirement to sing JP3's theme?

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 1:57 a.m. CST

    JP3

    by papacito

    I pray for no more whinning, bratty kids in this film. I am SO TIRED of the Kid Element in these films. In the wild, the easiest prey are the youngest, weakest or oldest animals in the herd. Yet, human children manage to survive vicious attacks and outsmart highly efficient predators. Nonsense! LW was a money play and didn't advance any plausible story line. IMHO, the best scene in JP was when the T-rex first appeared. It was early man's worst nightmare; cold rain w/o shelter or fire and a hungry predator is on the hunt.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Damn, Harry, I envy you.

    by Cereal Killer

    Meeting Harryhausen is the coolest thing I've ever heard about you doing. Second is sharing breathing space with Selma Hayek. I remember the first time I saw "Seventh Voyage of Sinbad." It was at school in fifth grade. The auditorium was mesmerized. I just saw it again about a year ago and took my sisters and nieces to see it with me. They all loved it. And "Clash of the Titans" was for a little while, 'til I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the coolest movie I ever saw. Ray Harryhausen's advice about movie monsters was dead right and it applies to human villains also. The best villains don't see themselves as evil. They have a motivation for their actions and feel justified in doing what they do. We also have to have a sense that they have a life outside of the evil deeds we see them perpetrate. I hope that "Jurassic Park 3" will recapture the awe we all felt when the original came out but it seems unlikely. I hope at least it'll outshine "Lost World." "Lost World" would've been okay if it hadn't retread so much of the same territory as "Jurassic Park." I also hope that they'll stay away from bringing along some precocious kid to throw into the mix. the two kids from "Jurassic Park" were okay but the one from "Lost World" was out of place. Anyway, Harry, keep telling us about your adventures and all the cool people you meet. We'll just live vicariously through you.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 3:41 a.m. CST

    "Walking With Dinosaurs"

    by Tids

    JP3 has to be good because it effectively has already been made... and it's better than anyone could hope for. It's called "Walking With Dinosaurs" and it aired on the BBC before Xmas. I suspect it will have already done the rounds all over the rest of the planet. If it hasn't come to a small screen near you yet, do yourself a favour and don't miss it when it does!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 3:51 a.m. CST

    JP2: 'Raptor in the Whitehouse!

    by Bono

    Thank God Big Steve is passing this one by...he's lost his touch with the good ol' escapist films (and he really needs to concentrate on perfecting his "serious statement" movies; at this point he's like the feel-good Oliver Stone). Anyway, I just hope that they take advantage of the concept, unlike THE LOST WORLD (which was pretty much a remake of the first one). We need dinos running around cities! And I agree with whoever said it first: NO MORE KIDS!!!! Unless they are being eaten....

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 3:53 a.m. CST

    JP3: 'Raptor in the Whitehouse!

    by Bono

    Thank God Big Steve is passing this one by...he's lost his touch with the good ol' escapist films (and he really needs to concentrate on perfecting his "serious statement" movies; at this point he's like the feel-good Oliver Stone). Anyway, I just hope that they take advantage of the concept, unlike THE LOST WORLD (which was pretty much a remake of the first one). We need dinos running around cities! And I agree with whoever said it first: NO MORE KIDS!!!! Unless they are being eaten....

  • It's true. Watch or read the old book (not sure the exact age) or the silent film version. They follow the same plotline (basically). Bunch of jerks go to dino island, generally get savaged but manage to bring one back for the zoo. In both, the dino escapes and wreaks havoc, though in The Lost World silent version the dino dies (also, it's an apatosaurus, not a T-Rex). Incidentally, Willis O'Brian did the effects. They're not up there with King Kong, but definetly good (especially for the release date, the early 20's).

  • Feb. 8, 2000, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Johnston DOES have a book to work with...

    by WhKnght007

    I don't know whether any of you have cought on to this... but Johnston does have a book to work with. With the exception of the trailer attack the majority of that dinosaur attack scenes from The Lost World were taken from the Jurassic Park book (i.e. the compy thing at the beginning, the Tyrannosaur licking Julianne Moore through the waterfall, etc). Johnston has the majority of the attack scenes from the Lost World book, which could include the "chameleon-like" carnotaurus attack (which could be REALLY cool!!!), or Julianne Moore's character kicking the villain out from under a car to the attacking Rex. Johnston has plenty of Crichton scenes to work with because a lot of Crichton's scenes from the Lost World were not used because of the plot changes for the movie. Ciao, A.D.E.