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Johnston: JURASSIC PARK III's Script Woes... Or Benefits

Helmer Joe Johnston talks about how revving up the third JURASSIC PARK film minus a completed script might not have been a bad thing.

By Frank Kurtz     July 09, 2001
Source: New York Post


JURASSIC PARK III director Joe Johnston
© 2001 Universal Studios

We know William H. Macy wasn't, initially, pleased that JURASSIC PARK III seemed to be missing a full script when the production started. Now it's director Joe Johnston's turn to talk about it.


While talking to the New York Post, Johnston suggested that at least part of the film may have been nearly ad libbed, saying, "In a way we were making it up as we went along. I certainly wouldn't want to do it this way again - I'd want to know that the script we were storyboarding and carefully planning would be the one we shoot.


"It's very stressful to be directing a $100 million movie and not knowing what you're doing two days from now."


When asked about Bill Macy's comments about the production being "a $100 million ship without a rudder," Johnston says, "Bill Macy said there was no script, which is not entirely true." Johnston notes that "all the actors were very flexible" and "dealt with the situation the best they could."


"We had pages we were shooting a day or two in advance. It was nerve-wracking, but it was also a way of freeing up the whole creative process. We could literally decide on the day how we wanted a scene to progress.


"I'm not saying it's the way to make movies, but it gives you more freedom."


So, what happened that caused that situation to come about. Johnston explains, saying, "David Koepp, who wrote the first two, came up with the idea [to change it], and when he pitched the idea to us all on a conference call, we all felt the same thing at the same moment. We hung up with him and said, 'We should do this, throw it out and start over.'"


Regardless, as previously reported, Steven Spielberg is looking to extend the franchise to at least a fourth film should JP III hit it big. When asked if he might be up for returning to the dinosaur directing chair, Johnston says, "I want to see how this one does, see how I feel after six months off, before I think about directing another one. I think I'll have lots of time to think about it."

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