As “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” hits theaters, Universal is preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Jurassic Park,” the film that helped define modern blockbuster filmmaking as we know it. With so many famed actors and
Michael Crichton began working on the novel that became the basis for “Jurassic Park” in the 1980s, writing from the perspective of a young boy at a theme park who was present when dinosaurs escaped. He received negative feedback from early readers and reworked the novel into an adult story. The book was published in 1990 and immediately became a hot project to buy in Hollywood. Universal won the bidding war, in large part thanks to a long-standing friendship between Crichton and Steven Spielberg.