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Further Information On JURASSIC PARK 3

Hey folks, AnimatorGuy chimes in with another brief newsbits from NEW ZEALAND and ya know... I'm actually giddy about a Joe Johnston JURASSIC PARK 3! Here we go...

Hi Harry,

I just read your article on Jurassic Park 3 and just wanted to add some. Last night I watched the late night news (in NZ) where they reported that Jurassic park 3's opening scene is going to be filmed in NZ starting late Feb early march in the beautiful Fiordland (at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island) they had actually planned to film scenes of "The Lost World" there but, for some reason ended up scraping that idea.

I can also tell you this, a friend of mine who works at the brand new Planet Hollywood complex in Auckland NZ was lucky enough to be Sam Neils and family's personal guide at the opening of Planet Hollywood whilst here with Robin Williams promoting "Bicentennial Man" a few weeks ago, he slipped in a question about reprising his role as Alan Grant in JP 3, in which Sam Neil just smiled and said something along the lines of "you'll just have to wait and see"

I have no idea what that could mean, he may have just said that to brush him off politlely, but hopefully it means something else. The full cast line up is to be revealed late Feb/march so I guess we'll find out then!

Animatorguy :)=

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  • Feb. 2, 2000, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Who gives a ra

    by nightsir

    Neil sucked in that wizard-thing. His career is done, so who cares? Give Jeff Goldblum a raise and put him into this movie. He plays well off the dinos. I don

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Planet Hollywood?

    by zinger

    do you guys even have captain crunch to slather all over flavorless chicken bits?

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I have one thing to say about this...


    Who gives a flying fuck.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Sod the actors!

    by celt

    Gimme dinosaurs! That's the only real reason I enjoyed the first two JP films any way, if I'm honest. I've had enough of "Doctor Ian Malcolm" and Sam Neill's best movie was Omen III - it is time to let the dinosaurs rule.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Sam Neill, not Jeff Goldblum

    by Stephen Dedalus

    As long as they keep that washed-up punster out of JP3, it might stand a chance of success. Neill is a fine actor who brought a great sense of urgency and meaning to the original, but Goldblum has become tiresome and irritating. He hasn't made a good movie in years.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by Black Knight

    Neill should make another horror flick. In the Mouth of Madness ruled, but Event Horizon blew (what a comp out ending - the movie was so bad we should have got to see everybody die). Only if Sam's involved would I consider sitting through something that follows up boring drivel like JP2.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Have we no ideas left in the vault?

    by Sith Lord Byron

    Jurassic Park 3? This is even worse than the idea of Lethal Weapon sequels. Here's an idea, Hollywood: COME UP WITH SOMETHING NEW! Did you notice how the Matrix blew everyone away this past year? THAT'S BECAUSE IT WAS NEW! Enough with the roman numerals already. You wanna make a dinosaur movie? Fine. Everyone likes dinosaur movies, but don't try to make a franchise without characters who pack enough resonance for a franchise. Don't get me wrong, I liked the first Jurassic Park. A lot. But for the love of Welles, I can't remember any of the characters' names right now! That's not resonance. Vader. Ripley. Indiana Jones. These are franchise characters. If you must insist on sequels, Hollywood, give us some more characters like these.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Event Horizon Park III

    by mckracken

    the premise: After vanishing from theaters in 1997, The Jurassic Event Horizon Park magically reappears in 2002 carrying with it Dinosaurs from some unknown dimention. A team of rough neck space explorers go to salvage whats left of the floating wreckage. One by one they are eaten up by the dinosaurs. Only one man can save Humanity, only one man can stop the evil that lies within Jurassic Event Horizon Park, SAM NEIL!! Sam constructed the J.E.H.P. to fold space and warp time and now he has to race against time to save humanity from the coming evil or be consumed by it! Sam Neil and Lawrence Fishburne co-star in: JURASSIC EVENT HORIZON PARK III ...coming SOON!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 1:31 p.m. CST

    JPII Sucked!!!!!!

    by Wheel99

    What a crap fest. You could tell by watching it that SS was on cruise control to plow through the shooting script so he could start work on SPR. It was a total waste of celluloid. I here the third one will have more flying dinasaurs in it. Thank god because nothing makes up for a shitty script and lame Jeff Goldblum comedey than a few flying dinasaurs.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Godzilla JP3?

    by madamimadam

    It even had raptor attacks.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 2:35 p.m. CST

    WOW! I just creamed my jeans!

    by gilmour

    Big f*cking deal! But I must say I did like JP2 better then JP1. The first one had very long, boring scenes in the middle. Who's directing the 3rd?

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Gilmour, thou art a cinematic retard.

    by Sith Lord Byron

    You actually liked "The Lost World" better than "Jurassic Park"? What is wrong with you? I bet you thought Temple of Doom was pretty good too, didn't ya? I'm not even going to list my reasons for thinking ill of you and your opinion right now, because a) a multitude of talk-backers is sure to comment further on your folly of opinion and b) I doubt you would understand my reasons, what with you being obviously oblivious to what it is that makes some movies good and other movies shite. May God have mercy upon your soul.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by GEEKBASHER 3.0


  • Feb. 2, 2000, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Actually both JP1 and JP2 sucked. Edited together the more inter

    by Herman Snerd

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I'm sooo happy!!!

    by Isidore

    Not that they're making another sequel, but that there are so many people out there who are admitting that JP was weak. I can come out freely about that now. Spielberg sold that movie out! Him and Crichton both. They should have gotten Cameron despite the ego, and made JP like Aliens. Sure a little derivative but good fun. Hell Bill Paxton would have been in there somewhere, "I didn't sign on for this shit man!" It would have been great! But instead we got to see trademark Spielberg people looking at stuff for 1/4 of the movie. Oh did anyone see the summer blocbuster edition of MST3K back in '97, where they did there thing to TLW and a couple other movies? They cut together a bunch of those shots together and it's amazing to see how overused that technique is with Sr. Spielbergo. I will give the Lost World this, It was an improvement from the book. That book was written by the check they handed Crichton and nothing else. Well enough of that. Maybe with Part III coming we will get to see those annoying kids actually get eaten.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 5:03 p.m. CST

    It was always meant to be a trilogy!

    by Animatorguy

    Why do people act surprised and pissed off that there's a 3rd JP film being made, Steven Speilberg said right from the very start even before JP came out in '93 that JP was always planned as a trilogy. It's gonna be great, and to whom said that "All this CGI crap has never even come close to being convincing" open your eyes, you'll never get the Dinosaurs looking more real than they did in JP & JP2, compared to the old stop motion (although I do love stop motion), actually you cant compare them, the old was crap, the new rules. But there are some people who cant bring themselves to move with the times, and have to dwell on the old crappy techniques. As an Animator I have to face the fact that alot of stuff I do will be replaced buy GCI, although traditional animation will always be used, I say why try beat it, join it!

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 5:06 p.m. CST


    by Animatorguy

    I meant to type "CGI" not "GCI", my bad!

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Despite weaknesses, can't wait for 3!

    by Thunderball

    Both JP's had great moments (and we all know those scenes well). Still the weaknesses did scream out didn't they? For me, 1 suffered because each dinosaur had its own little set, giving the film a claustrophobic feel instead of an island riped with dinos. 2 suffered from a sucky beginning and shoe-horning a kid character (namely Jeff's daughter-out-of-nowhere-land) into the mix. Though I know I'm in the minority, I like the t-rex running rampant in the streets. Still, the effects were cool in both and that is the reason for seeing any dinosaur movie (though a decent plot would be novel) so I'll still go see 3. Make us proud Joe!

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 7:54 p.m. CST

    this is great news :)

    by mmm_free_wig

    I am not embarresed in the least to say that Jurassic Park blew me away in the cinema.. it was and still is may favourite movie of all time. I still love it, the scene where Sam is kneeling down after seeing the dino for the first time.. and the musical score picks up, Richard says "welcome.. to jurassic park".. and then a big scoping shot of all the dino's. I get butterfiles in my stomach, and it makes me smile every time it see it. I love it. No such experience in JP2, but I still enjoy it. Before I saw JP, and seeing Sam Neil in the trailer/adds, I knew he was perfect for Jurassic Park. He was just what was needed to make the adventure seem real and authentic. Seeing him in JP3 would give much needed continuity and revitalise the authenticity of the adventure. He is much better than Goldblum. I have friends who also think JP is one of the high points of cinema, so i'm not alone is saying I can't wait for JP3.. and you'll all see it on opening night too. Jumanji was a good romp, so hopefully we will get what we need from JP3. I have so much respect for JP, I won't even say it needs a talking pie.

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 8:43 p.m. CST

    SCRAP THE PROJECT! This is going to flop. :(

    by RobRobRob

    Jurassic Two was terrible, the buzz has died down...i can't even explain how obvious this is. It's why they stopped making Police Academy movies. This is going to kill the name an legend of jurassic park. Can't we just make ONE good, sucessful movie without having a crappy sequel?

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by gilmour

    No actually I didn't like Temple of Doom at all, but I did like Last crusade alot. And for the record I thought Batman&Robin was pretty good! JP1 wasn't a very good film to begin with but its F/X were at the time groundbreaking. I received no more replys except from you my friend, so'I ask you, who's the retard now?

  • Feb. 2, 2000, 11:17 p.m. CST

    You ARE a retard

    by sheikhsaab

    Batman & Robin?????????

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Actually it would be impossible to have flying dinosaurs because

    by gary2012

    Pterodactyles were reptiles, not dinosaurs. The only way that they could have anything close to flying dinosaurs is to have archiopterics in it and that was really just a small feathered dinosaur that could glide short distances. Dinosaurs never flew because once they gained that ability they were actually birds. Now class your homework for tomorrow is to go and rent Jurassic Park and The Lost World to watch the stuning effects, which are as close as you can get to seeing real dinosaurs. Any body who thinks that those old stop motion dinosaurs can even come close to the worst effect in either JP movie is pretty excentric. Granted 90% of CGI effects out there are crap, usually because the animation of the figures is way too unnatural for it to look at all convincing. Still I have to say that personally I was totaly amazed at the first scene in JP when you see that huge brachiosaur eating leaves. And I felt the excitment of being a little kid again while watching the scene with the T-rex stomping that stinkin' SUV, which by the way had very little CGI in it. It was almost all done with a a few huge lifesize T-rex puppets. Amazing work. To bad the effects are the only really enjoyable thing about either film. Oh and yes liking Batman and Robin automatically qualifies you for many different forms of retardation.

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Sam Niel

    by Slaanesh

    Sam Niel is evil incarnate. He is one of the creepiest motherfuckers alive when he wants to be and is perfect in any horror movie. I want to see him shooting more rivet guns at Lawrence Fishburne and freaking out at Jurgen Prochnow. Hey, just got an idea. Sam Niel as an evil agent man in Matrix II. Whoa.... Oh, and was I hallucinating or did someone say that they actually liked Batman and Robin. There's a statement that would instantly cause me to lose all respect in its issuer. I think someone hit the nail on the hed earlier with the words "cinematic retard". A certain degree of eccentricity is to be expected, but some things are beyond all bounds of taste and deceny. Now, Event Horizon, there was a classy movie...;)

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 8:07 a.m. CST

    All of you can go to hell!

    by gilmour

    I liked Batman&Robin alot. It doesn't deserve the shit it gets on this site. I think Batman Forever is easily the best of the series.F you all.

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Stop bagging Temple Of Doom!

    by Ah ha!

    I don't mind you people bagging Jurassic Park 2 or 3, and especially not Batman and Robin (which I saw today for the first time, I loved the way the laws of physics wern't a part of this film), but stop having a go at the Temple Of Doom! Sure it had absolutely nothing in the way of characterization or plot, but it has every great action sequence ever made! The plane/dingy stunt, the room with the spikes, the fight on the catwalks, the fight on the conveyor belt, the mine cart sequence, the out-running water bit, and finally the bridge part! Leave it alone!

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Getting It Right!

    by Goodgulf

    Maybe the third film will be made right this time, though if Jaws III or IV is an example, please spare me the effort. And how many times can you re-hash "Frankenstein" anyway? Isn't that essentially what the first Jurassic Park was? Man makes monster. Monster runs amok. Man should not dabble in playing God.

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Mr. Gilmour, thou art still a retard, only now your symptoms req

    by Sith Lord Byron

    Obviously your misplaced affection for the woeful Batman & Robin has singled you out amongst the many legions of talkbackers as one whose opinions are dubious at best (that means you don't know what the hell you're talking about). I may be out of line here, but I did notice from the posts directly above that I am not alone in my disagreement with your, ahem, "tastes."

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by gilmour

    Batman&Robin wasn't that bad now shut it! My tastes are just fine. I bet "Big Daddy" was your fav. film this year, right? Faggot! You have got yourself a talkback enemy! Long live Shumacher!

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Mr. Gilmour, my enemy? HA!

    by Sith Lord Byron

    To declare yourself my enemy is to bestow upon yourself an importance that is undeserved. You are but a mild annoyance, not so much through your juvenile posts, but rather through your insistence on diverting your cash flow into the hands of intelligence-insulting HACKS such as Mr. Schumacher. Not only did Batman & Robin suck, but so has every movie Mr. Schumacher has made since his Grisham days, and those movies themselves were only tolerable due to excellent casting. Nipples on a rubber suit do not an auteur make. As for my favorite film of 1999, I do believe that FIGHT CLUB, AMERICAN BEAUTY, THREE KINGS, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, THE INSIDER, and TOY STORY 2 all speak for my tastes being of substantially higher caliber than of one who would name a Sandler film his movie of the year. I look forward to your reply, provided your mom lets you back on the computer.

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 3:57 p.m. CST

    to lasvegas about his movie tastes!

    by OldWrinkleyMan

    God Fight club is even less tolerable than "batman and robin." Just by saying that name makes me want to throw up. I declared that movie the worst of '99 a long time ago. Your other choices aren't bad, but god fight club!!! You sounded fairly intelligent until the second you uttered that movie's name. That movie caters towards people who care for nothing more than watching people kick the shit out of each other just for the hell of it. If you want the best film of '99 I suggest you watch "The Green Mile." I have to admit after reading the Stephen King Serial Novel that the movie was sort of a let down but still it was greatest film I've seen last year. P.S. I don't know about Toy Story 2, like people said Sequals never turn out to be as great as the originals. Anyone could do a 4 page essay proving THAT easily. Using reviews from REAL critics as their sources.

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Woow, Mom just let me on the computer...

    by gilmour

    So you seem to think you are some hot shit around the world of talkbacks eh? You're a fool! Although I did like the films you mentioned. How old are you son, 12?

  • Feb. 3, 2000, 11:07 p.m. CST

    The 1st one was enough

    by The_Trooper

    How can you top J.P.? I liked #2 for its increased gore factor and the diminished "cute" factor from #1. But do we really need another? Once you've seen one dinosaur, you've seen them all. JP raised the bar of realism with CG effects, but it is hard to see how it can be improved upon. Troop

  • I don't want to pull rank and rain down on your parade, but face it, you guys may think you're hot shit, but I'm the BIGGEST SHIT in here! Better respect! Oh, wait a minute...that doesn't sound so great...yeah, you can all be hot shits, I don't want it anymore.

  • Feb. 4, 2000, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Batman and Robin.

    by Ah ha!

    Alicia Silverstone manages to find her way into the bat-cave, when she sees Alfred on the computer screen who informs her the Master Wayne downloaded all of Alfred's emotions onto their computer to effectively create a cyber-Alfred capable of thinking on its own and taking the liberty of making her a bat-girl suit in the unluckly event that she might stumble onto Batman's secrets and suddenly want to become a crime-fighter herself. Her response? "Suit me up!" Surely that is enough said about the film.

  • Feb. 4, 2000, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by Ah ha!

    Sorry, I meant "unlikely", not "unluckly". Another scene: Batman and Robin surf to the ground (from nearly out-of-atmosphere altitudes) on debris from Mr. Freezes rocket thing. Another scene: Mr. Freeze tries to freeze Gotham City (lucky Bat-girl could computer-hack her way to a solution), then, within two minutes of his defeat, feels compasionate enough to save Alfred. (He's a nice guy afterall). That should be enough.

  • Feb. 4, 2000, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Bring on JP3

    by Doug Exeter

    I am in that small minority that liked TLW better than JP. But that doesn't mean that they both weren't great, albeit less than perfect movies. But seriously, BRING ON JP3. Joe Johnston is an excellent choice for a director. He proved that with Jumanji. Jumanji SHOULD have sucked. The other thing is that I LIKE DINOSAUR MOVIES! I also like shark movies. And let's be honest, it isn't exactly a buyer's market for either. Luckily we had Deep Blue Sea last year. Spielberg is awesome, but it didn't seem like his heart was too into TLW. And what the franchise needs is a hungry director who can come at the project with the enthusiasm it deserves. We're with you Joe Johnston!

  • Feb. 5, 2000, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Hey, "Temple of Doom" Rocks!!

    by Drum1979

    I liked "Temple of Doom". I thought "Batman and Robin" was crap though. I think JP3 has potential if they reel in Neil.

  • Feb. 6, 2000, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Indy flicks

    by Elgyn6655321

    I think all three "Indy" films are about equally good. They`re all really fun movies with fun characters and good action scenes. When I first saw "Temple Of Doom", I LOVED it. And I still like it now!

  • Feb. 8, 2000, 2:47 p.m. CST

    JP3 Has Potential...

    by WhKnght007

    I enjoyed both of the previous JP movie, if for no other reason than I am just a sucker for an action/ adventure movie. Guns, Cars, women, and a carnivorous animal or two and I am a happy man. The Jurassic Park movies are not supposed to be intellectually demanding, or even particularly deep (like the books were). They are supposed to present situations where you suspend reality, let life go, and enjoy the movie. I think Jurassic Park 3 (Which I have heard may carry the subtitle "The Edge of Chaos") has a lot of potential. If Neill and Goldblum both return, reprising their leading roles from the other two movies, and perhaps a combined cast of the survivors of the last two... Pete Posthelwaite, Vince Vaughn, Laura Dern... it could be an excellent film. Those of you that disliked The Lost World... take a look at the Indiana Jones Trilogy... Raiders was excellent, Temple of Doom wasn't nearly as good (but it was not terrible), and Last Crusade was the best of the series. Sequels do have potential... it just depends on what is done with them. Do not condemn it too early... Ciao, A.D.E.

  • April 8, 2000, 10:47 a.m. CST

    flying dinos, blood guts and gore!

    by da fish

    first off to peoples poet: flying dinos do exist and have been around longer than we have, you were on the right lines when you said archaeopteryx-yes thats right they are birds!! And besides do you reckon the average watcher is gonna know the difference?? second, JP set the scene, had story, special effects, charecters but sadly cut out all the exciting parts of the book (like the scene where they sneak past the sleeping T-Rex, and the attacks in the avairy, to name but a few!)TLW was just a silly teenfest for the kidys who where about ten when jp came out and where now 13, yet still strangely enjoyable (everyone likes that scene with the raptors in the long grass!!) but the T-rex in San Diego was taking the mickey out of the up coming Godzilla, (which in turn took the mickey out of TLW with the babys but thats beside the point!) and sadly only shared the same title as the book (the have dinos in them and thats it!) JP3:no book (damn!!)dinos (hurrah!) Neil, Goldblum, (i also want Attenbourgh again-the thought of him killing a T-Rex makes me laugh!)oh and half the scenes they missed out on in the original book would be nice (like the scene in the lab with the poisoned eggs!)and the killing off of one of those damn annoying kids!!! p.s. sorry this is long winded but, how about something explaining where the crew went on the ship in TLW, that is one big hole in the script that needs to be plugged!!