One of the challenges facing the makers of The Lost World was
the audienceís enormous expectations. As writer David Koepp
observes, "audiences tend to feel pretty propriety about it.
Everybody has their own ideas about what should happen in a
"A lot of this movie
was made for what I hope is the pure pleasure of an
But director Steven Spielberg has never forgotten his own
experiences at the movies - going back to his boyhood days when
his father took him to see Cecil B. DeMilleís The Greatest
Show on Earth. He was amazed by the power of the cinematic
experience and soon started to make movies with friends and
members of his family. "The audience comes first," says
Spielberg. "I really think of the audience when I think of a
Jurassic Park or a Lost World or the entire Indiana Jones series.
A lot of this movie was made for what I hope is the pure pleasure
of an audience."
"I cast Jeff Goldblum
again because he is Ian Malcolm," director Steven Spielberg
Audiences will embark on this new adventure with a familiar
face as their guide. "I cast Jeff Goldblum again because he
is Ian Malcolm," says Spielberg. "There is no Ian
Malcolm except as played by Jeff." This time, Dr Malcolm is
the anchor for the story. "In the first film, Malcolm was
along for the ride and he was kind of a critic," Spielberg
continues. "In this sense, heís leading the journey in
The Lost World. He has a very strong motivation for
returning." Jurassic Park ushered in a new era of visual
effects: brilliant computer-generated images (CGI) blended
seamlessly with the state-of-the-art mechanical and animatronic
special effects. The combination gave life to creatures believed
to be extinct for 65 million years. "I think that people
were a little bit amazed that the dinosaurs looked as real as
they did," says Spielberg.
But that was 1993: now, weíve been there and seen that.
"It was the story that justified doing a sequel, not the
technology," Spielberg comments. "CGI has improved
since the first movie and the artistry of the people involved has
also improved. So there was a good chance that the dinosaurs
would look even more believable than they had in the last
adventure. But it was really the story that compelled me to make
"With the first movie, we had no idea how we would make
the dinosaurs real," admits Kathleen Kennedy, the executive
producer. "With the sequel, we had a very clear idea of the
visual effects and were very comfortable with the technology for
computer graphics. So for The Lost World, we were able to focus
on the storytelling."
"I think this movie is
about hunters versus gatherers." screenwriter David Koepp
Screenwriter Koepp remembers a conversation in which Spielberg
told him "I think this movie is about hunters versus
gatherers. When the two groups are thrust together into survival
situations is when it gets really fun."
Jurassic Park raised the question of manís role in trying
to control nature. "You decide youíll control nature
and from that moment on youíre in deep trouble because you
canít do it," says novelist Michael Crichton. "You
can make a boat, but you canít make the ocean. You can make
an airplane, but you canít make the air. Your powers are
much less than your dreams would have you believe."
The debate continues in The Lost World; this time the argument
is framed by setting the story in the dense forest wilderness
where manís impact on life and the environment is clearly