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Jurassic Park 3 Director Talks Script Problems of the Upcoming Sequel

Jurassic Park 3 Director Talks Script Problems of the Upcoming Sequel

Joe Johnston, director of the upcoming sequel Jurassic Park III, confirmed for SCI FI ( Wirethat the movie barely had a script when it began shooting last year, and production actually started before the filmmakers knew how the movie would end. "We threw out the script about five weeks before we started shooting," Johnston said in a candid interview to promote the film. "The previous version, which was a totally different story, that we had storyboarded and budgeted and scheduled, we threw it right out the window and started over, page one." Eventually, Peter Buchman, Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne received screenwriting credit for a story inspired in part by an idea by Jurassic Park co-writer David Koepp.

Uncertainty about how the movie would turn out placed so much stress on Johnston (Jumanji) that he tried to quit. "I thought about it a few times," he said. "And there were actually phone calls where I called my agent and I said, 'Look, you have to get me off this movie. I don't care what it takes. I don't care if it's the end of my career, you have to get me off tomorrow.' And he didn't do it, obviously. ... It's hard enough to make a movie when you've got a script that you really love and it's been polished to death. But to start over, and start shooting a $100 million movie without a script, you want to blow your brains out. It was actually much harder on the production designer than it was on me. He had to literally build things sometimes overnight. ... He almost hung himself [laughs]."

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