This week marks the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. It was 25 years ago that Jurassic Park roared onto the silver screen, introducing audiences to billionaire philanthropist John Hammond’s wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs on the fictional Isla Nublar. Based on the 1990 novel written by Michael Crichton, who also brought us The Andromeda Strain (1969), Westworld (1973), and Coma (1978), Steven Spielberg secured the movie rights for $1.5 million even before the novel was released. He went on to direct this science fiction adventure film at a cost of $63 million but banked a whopping $1.029 billion in box office receipts!
The film garnered several awards and sparked sequels – books and films – as well as video games, comics, and theme rides at a number of parks, domestically and internationally. Jurassic Park has been ranked among the most thrilling, scary, influential, greatest, and important films of all time. Additionally, it has been identified as one of the greatest film franchises ever and one of the greatest summer films. Even specific scenes, such as the first encounter with a Brachiosaurus, remain as some of the most magical moments in cinema history. It was an incredible film when it was released, and anyone that saw it in 1993 knew they were watching cinema history being made.
To celebrate the new release and honor this fandom that has captured the hearts of audiences over the past 25 years, Fanbase Press presents this special editorial series which collects brand new essays from our staff and contributors:
And, if that wasn’t enough, then take a look at some of our previous Jurassic Park coverage: