It took a long time for it to happen, and it came close to derailing at least once, but Jurassic World, the long awaited sequel / reboot to Jurassic Park, is finally rolling, and now it’s officially got a villain…acclaimed actor Vincent D’Onofrio.
Hard to believe it’s been twenty years since Jurassic Park came out and became a huge box office smash. It was a hell of a game changer for FX, ushering in the age of CGI, and it also took Michael Crichton’s career into the stratosphere as a “mega author.”
If you’re a fan of Michael Crichton, you may be aware that he was originally going to be a doctor, and he wrote novels and screenplays to pay his way through medical school. Once his writing took off, the rest is history.
In the early ‘70s, the first big screen adaptation of Michael Crichton’s work was The Andromeda Strain, followed by the sci-fi hit that he directed himself, Westworld. With so much potential for technology to go wrong, and with pretty much every single movie destined to be remade, a Westworld reboot seemed inevitable (Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to star at one point, not much of a stretch from The Terminator).
It’s a trip to think that the movie adaptation of Jurassic Park is twenty years behind us now.
The late Michael Crichton was one of the "mega authors," a novelist who was an industry onto himself, cranking out best-seller after best-seller.
Jmes Cameron directing Jurassic Park? The mind boggles. It would have been a perfect novel for him to adapt, right?
I remember seeing the commercials and posters for the movie Coma back in the 70’s, and frankly, they were quite scary to my impressionable young mind.
We'd probably all love a miracle story like the late Michael Crichton, who wrote novels to put himself through med school and ultimately became one of the most successful writers in history.
Several months ago, we revisited the original Jurassic Park, which is arguably still Michael Crichton's best known work.
Recent reports claim there may be a reboot or sequel to Jurassic Park.