Four years after the colossal success of “Jurassic Park”, Steven Spielberg is back at the helm of the franchise and signs a sequel entitled “The Lost World”. During the filming of this second opus, the filmmaker became discouraged, impatient and was aware that he was preparing to deliver a film inferior to the first.
The Lost World – Jurassic Park : a new dangerous expedition
After the colossal success of the novel and the film Jurassic Parkauthor Michael Crichton decides to write a sequel, The lost World, published in 1995. Two years later, the adaptation was released, scripted by David Koepp and directed by Steven Spielberg. The feature film marks the return of several charactersstarting with John Hammond and Ian Malcolm, still played by Richard Attenborough and Jeff Goldblum.
In this second installment of the franchise, the billionaire invites the mathematician to join a scientific mission on Isla Sorna, where hundreds of dinosaurs roam free. Reluctant at first, Malcolm finally agrees to take part in the expedition when he learns that his fiancée Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) is already there. Once there, he discovers that another much more dangerous mission is taking place in parallel, and that it could have catastrophic consequences.
Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite, Vanessa Chester, Peter Stormare and Arliss Howard round out the film’s cast. If it remains far from the scores of its predecessor, which had pocketed nearly a billion dollars at the global box office when it was released, The Lost World: Jurassic Park still brings in more than 618 million dollars across the globe. Results that disappoint Steven Spielberg, who is not having the best experience of his career on set.
Steven Spielberg in small form
In the book Steven Spielberg: A Biographythe author Joseph McBride explains that the filmmaker saw the production of the feature film very badly, which “discourages” him and makes him “more and more impatient”. The director says about it:
I found myself thinking, “Is that all there is? That’s not enough for me.”
Asked by the New York Times in 2016, Steven Spielberg again evokes the disappointment caused by The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The director then says:
My sequels aren’t as good as the originals because on every sequel I’ve done, I come in overconfident. The movie made tons of millions of dollars, so I’m coming in like it’s a foregone conclusion and making a lesser movie than the previous one. I’m talking about lost world and of Jurassic Park.