the differences between the original book and Spielberg’s iconic film

When everything indicated that there was no room for a new Jurassic Worldthere are already conversations about Jurassic World 4 on the way, added to the possible participation of Scarlett Johansson. For now, there is already a designated director. It will be Gareth Edwards, the director of the godzilla of 2014, of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the most recent Endurance, which had two Oscar nominations this year.

With all this, the franchise that began back in 1993 with jurassic park returns to the center of the scene in a Hollywood devoid of ideas.

Steven Spielberg’s film was a box office (and critical) success and marked a defining moment in the history of special effects. TO jurassic park Two sequels would follow before the franchise was rebooted in 2015 as Jurassic World, giving moviegoers a look at a complete, functional dinosaur park. With the Indominus rex on screen, it was generated Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It was before bringing back the original cast of jurassic park to star alongside the actors of Jurassic World the last dinosaur movie so far: Jurassic World: Dominion.

For those who haven’t read the novel…

Now the franchise continues to expand with this latest announcement, but not many fans read the novel that originated the saga. And taking advantage of the news of a new movie in the works, we’re going to review how Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel of the same name became a movie in 1993.

The entrance to the “Jurassic Park” park. Photos Clarín Archive

Paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are part of a select group chosen to tour a theme park on an island populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. The park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) assures everyone that the facility is safe, but they already know it: they discover otherwise when several ferocious predators break free and go hunting.

At least until the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdomthe dinosaurs remained on two islands off the coast of Costa Rica: Isla Nublar, the location of the first film, and Jurassic World, and Isla Sorna, where InGen cloned the company’s dinosaurs. where he largely staged Jurassic Park: The Lost World (the first sequel, also directed by Spielberg).

The beginning that is not there

The opening of the book details a scene in which a young girl is attacked by a group of small Procompsognathus on a beach in Costa Rica. It’s a scene that actually opens Jurassic Park: The Lost World, only the attack occurs on Isla Sorna, not on the mainland. The book also details efforts to contact the supply ship that has a group of young Velociraptor stowaways before it reaches dry land. Good news: the power comes back on just in time and the boat crew kills the birds of prey. Bad news: the epilogue makes it clear that the birds of prey have made Costa Rica their new home, only no one knows where they are.

Steven Spielberg and Sam Neill, on the set of the first “Jurassic Park.”

One of the strong points of jurassic park It’s its cast, for the most part, the characters themselves have made the transition from role to film, but who they are differs, and in some cases significantly. Take Tim and Lex for example. In the film, Ariana Richards plays older sister Lex, a computer expert, while Joseph Mazzello plays Tim, the younger brother fascinated by dinosaurs. In the book the roles are reversed. Lex is the young, baseball fan, while Tim is the computer genius.

Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Alan Grant (Sam Neill) enjoy a little romantic subtext in the film, but in the novel everything is strictly professional, with Sattler as a young graduate student in paleobotany and Grant in the role of a mentor who , incidentally, is not as child-averse as his Hollywood counterpart. As for what happens to the other doctor, BD, Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu has a much larger role in the novel, at least until he is killed off. Since Wu is central to the story of Jurassic World: Dominionthe film franchise didn’t kill him.

He arrives at the end of the novel alive, but not in the film

This leads to one of the biggest differences between the book and the novel: who survives. Gamekeeper Robert Muldoon arrives at the end of the novel, but he is not so lucky in the film. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) dies in the novel, or so it seems, since in both the film and the book Jurassic Park: The Lost World came back…

All together. Survivors of the first (Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern) with the cast of All together. Survivors of the first (Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern) along with the cast of “JurassicWorld” (Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Isabella Sermon and DeWanda Wise).

One of the comic reliefs of the film has as its protagonist the lawyer Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero): he is the one who is eaten by the T. Rex in a chemical bath. But in the novel Gennaro not only survives, but is one of the protagonists, one who does what he can to keep everyone safe when things go wrong, and even goes so far as to risk his own life by jumping into a nest of birds. Velociraptor.

And the cowardly, greedy guy in the novel is actually a character who doesn’t appear in the movie at all: Jurassic Park PR chief Ed Regis. Regis is a sycophantic man who always says yes to John Hammond, who flees at the first sign of trouble and meets his end in the novel as Gennaro did in the film. Spielberg simply merged the two characters into one.

This was the cover of Michael Crichton's book, which soon became a movie.This was the cover of Michael Crichton’s book, which soon became a movie.

The owner of Jurassic Park, evil and reckless in the book

But what about the man behind it all, John Hammond? In the film, Hammond, played by Richard Attenborough, is a charming billionaire, a lovable old man with good intentions. He envisions a park for everyone to enjoy, but the whole “they didn’t stop to think if they should do it” thing doesn’t move him. And when things go wrong, he worries a lot about everyone, especially his grandchildren, and eventually accepts that he can’t “support the park.”

The character is in direct contrast to the John Hammond of the novel, an evil and reckless man from his introduction. He knows everything that went wrong in the past, like the dinosaurs on the continent and the warning signs of danger around him, but he chooses to ignore it all. And when things really start to go downhill, to the point where he can no longer ignore it, Hammond refuses to take any blame for his part in it, blaming everything on the security systems. Hammond only has his own best interests in mind, as evidenced by his cold-blooded decision to continue with his plans for the park even after all the lives lost, without having learned anything.

And when he dies (in the book), it’s a karmic reparation, not a tragedy.

 
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