Jurassic Park, By Michael Crichton Essay
After the lukewarm critical reception accorded to 1989’s Always and 1991’s Hook, Spielberg was again looking to bounce back with a hit. For his next project he chose to adapt the science-fiction novel ‘Jurassic Park’ by Michael Crichton, which brought the prehistoric past up to date with the contemporary present. When a group of humans are invited to examine a new wildlife park on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, events soon take a turn for the worst when the park’s star attractions begin to roam free. The director approached the project as a spiritual sequel to Jaws, assembling an impressive cast consisting of Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough, who desperately struggle to survive the island’s rampaging dinosaurs.
Jurassic Park (1993) - source: Universal Pictures
Jurassic Park was to become a landmark in motion picture history. Combining both on-set animatronics from Stan Winston, and the latest breakthrough computer-generated-imagery (CGI) from Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, Spielberg’s dinosaurs captivated audiences around the globe. Billed as ‘an adventure 65 million years in the making’, the film broke every box-office record on its way to grossing over $900 million worldwide, with the director reportedly making $250 million from a profit share of both theatrical revenue and merchandising.
Spielberg first acquired the rights to Thomas Keneally’s Booker-prize…