More than 25 years after the original film debuted, the Jurassic Park franchise continues to thrill fans around the world. Here's a look back at the original trilogy, and a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes information that not even hardcore fans know about the making of these blockbuster films.
Tracking the inspiration for Jurassic Park leads to Spielberg's love of dinosaurs as a child. He recalled to Entertainment Weekly,
"I was more interested in the dinosaurs in King Kong than I was in King Kong himself. I thought the T. rex was one of the most awesome dinosaurs of the fossil record!"
In the late 1980s, Spielberg met author and screenwriter Michael Crichton, a Harvard Medical School graduate whose novels, such as The Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, and Congo, among others, often hinge on problems of a scientific nature.
As the two developed a script based on Crichton's time as a medical resident, a project that would later become the TV series ER, Crichton mentioned another idea of his: a novel about dinosaurs brought to life through discovered samples of DNA.
Considering the existence of a real-life gene-editing technology called CRISPR that was later unveiled in 2012, the concept Crichton was talking about was certainly ahead of its time.
The premise instantly piqued Spielberg's interest, and before Crichton had even finished the novel, Universal Studios paid the author $2 million for the film rights and a first draft of the screenplay.
Screenwriter David Koepp, whose credits include Death Becomes Her, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man later came on board. He streamlined the science and, with Spielberg, came up with the animated Mr. DNA to explain how the fictional theme park spawned dinosaurs in a lab.
Watch the video to learn more of the untold truth of the original Jurassic Park trilogy!
The germ of an idea | 0:00
Casting the film | 1:41
Fake dinosaurs, real hurricane | 2:57
Larger-than-life effects | 4:06
Palpable awe | 5:42
More homages | 7:05
A darker mood | 8:16
Not quite a 'slam dunk' | 9:10
Back to the jungle | 9:51
A bumpy ride | 11:15
New creatures take flight | 12:37
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