Jurassic Park Franchise Facts To Sink Your Claws Into

In 1993, Steven Spielberg unleashed Jurassic Park into the world. The dinosaur epic “65 million years in the making” became the highest-grossing film of all-time (at the time) and spawned a massive franchise. Two dino-filled sequels were made before the park expanded into a whole huge world. With Jurassic World 3 now in the works, let’s take a look behind the scenes at one of the longest-standing film franchises of all time. This is everything you need to know about Jurassic Park and its larger-than-life sequels!

Steven Spielberg Almost Wasn’t The Director

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Before author Michael Crichton had even finished writing the novel Jurassic Park, movie studios were chomping at the bit to get it made. Because of his friendship with the writer, Steven Spielberg was able to convince him to sell it to Universal.

Selling Universal on Spielberg directing the movie, though, was a different story. During the film’s development, several A-list directors were considered including Tim Burton and James Cameron. At the end of the day, Crichton convinced the studio that Spielberg was the man for the job, returning the director’s earlier favor.