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Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park started stomping back into theaters on Thursday with an upgraded 3D print stretched to fit IMAX screens. Both formats seem tailor-made for the director’s larger-than-life digital dinosaur creations, which were impressive 20 years ago and remain spectacular to this day.
Even more interesting, however, is the history of the project, which has been documented in a thrilling new read by EW.com. Right off the bat, before Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy and the cast and crew start opening up, we learn that Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies) and James Cameron were potential directors for the gig. Imagine how awesome a Cameron adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestseller might have been?
It’s such a great read, and a wonderful companion piece to Park if and when you go this weekend. Here are a few bullet points I loved while perusing this oral history:
I don’t think audiences will reject Park this time around. It will be interesting to see if a 20-year-old re-release can beat new movies like the rebooted Evil Dead at the box office. And if Park does well, could it lead to more IMAX 3D versions of past Spielberg films? We shall see.