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Reviews: Jurassic Park 3
  • Jurassic Park 3 (Grade: B-) — Director Joe Johnston cuts the fat from the "Jurassic Park" franchise and delivers a leaner, quicker thrill ride. Reviewed by Mac Slocum.

  • Jurassic Park 3 (Grade: A-) — The third "Jurassic" installment breathes life into a franchise that was gasping on life support. Reviewed by Brian Orndorf.
    Posted: 07/18/01

  • Dino Saturation: Jurassic Park 4 Rumored
      "Jurassic Park III" won't premiere until July 18, but New York Daily News columnist Eric Mink says "Jurassic" executive producer Steven Spielberg is already looking to develop a fourth installment. As he did with "Jurassic Park III," Spielberg will likely hand the directing duties to Joe Johnston if a fourth film comes to fruition.

    The validity of this report is called into question by Dan's JP3 Page. Back in March the site asked Johnston about rumors of a fourth film, and Johnston said that he and Spielberg had only spoken about an idea for another sequel. For the moment "JP4" is only a glimmer in Spielberg's eye, but that little "idea" might turn into a full-fledged movie if "JP3" joins its predecessors on the top-grossing films list.
    Posted: 05/21/01

    Laura Dern Returns to Dino's Nest
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    Old "Jurassic Park" stars are descending on "Jurassic Park 3" with a vengeance. Back in June, Sam Neill signed on for the third film and now news has come from a variety of sources (rounded up by IGN Filmforce) that Laura Dern will also return.

    Dern will reprise her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler, but there's some question as to how significant a part she'll play. Rumors have circulated saying she'll appear in a cameo spot, but USA Today says Dern will have a larger role toward the beginning of the film. In addition to Neill, Dern will join cast members William H. Macy and Tea Leoni. Jeff Goldblum fans will be disheartened by a report at Coming Attractions that says Goldblum will not be in "JP3." Dern, once engaged to the ever-wacky Goldblum, won't be shedding any tears over this development.

    "JP3" may share cast members from the first film, but much of the creative team has been reworked. Steven Spielberg, perhaps sensing the need for a new perspective (or too busy rolling in his mounds of money), has handed the directing reigns to Joe Johnston, the director of "October Sky," "Jumanji" and "The Rocketeer." makes an interesting point about Johnston, noting the skill he's displayed at filming flying sequences — a skill that might come in handy in rumored "JP3" scenes involving soaring dinosaurs.

    The writing team has also been retooled. Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, the duo that brought "Election" to life, have been working on the script. After suffering through the lumbering incoherence of "The Lost World," audiences will be well served by the wit Payne and Taylor displayed in "Election's" scathing screenplay.

    Unfortunately, details as to what Payne and Taylor have been writing about are hard to find. Some reports have pegged "JP3" as a prequel to "The Lost World"—reports catalyzed by a supposed Australian newspaper interview with Sam Neill—but the original source of these reports is hard to verify, so this bit could have the validity of stale Raptor dung. Erroneous interviews aside, one thing that has been confirmed is "JP3's" release date: July 18, 2001.
    Posted: 10/19/00

    Tea Leoni Joins Macy, Neill for "Jurassic Park 3"
      Tea Leoni, for all her lankiness and lack of die-hard gusto, is becoming a fixture in action movies. First it was "Bad Boys," then "Deep Impact," and now she's zeroing in on a role in one of the biggest action franchises around, "Jurassic Park." IGN Movies, by way of The Hollywood Reporter, says Leoni will likely play a business associate / love interest of William H. Macy ("Fargo"). Macy has been cast as a wealthy business man, which means he'll probably be turned into a steaming pile of prehistoric poop sometime in act 3. One guy who'll know how to avoid a dino demise is Sam Neill, who has agreed to reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant from the original "Jurassic Park." Jeff Goldblum, the only cast member featured in both "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World," doesn't appear to be involved in the third film. Coming Attractions has an older item on their "Jurassic Park 3" page that says Jeff Goldblum was approached about appearing in the film, but his name hasn't surfaced in further casting news. This is only conjecture, but I think the debut of the new snow-colored iMac has thrown Goldblum into a deep psychosis. "Yess, yess, it's so, snooooowy!" he exclaims over and over as sweat dripps onto his "ID4" bed sheets. Goldblum's absence is noteworthy, but more important is Steven Spielberg's distance from the project. After directing the first two installments, Spielberg is handing the reins to Joe Johnston ("Jumanji," "October Sky"). Don't worry though, Stevie's executive producer credit will allow him to rake in a big pile of cash from "Jurassic Park 3."
    Posted: 8/10/00