Does anybody really want a third "Jurassic Park" movie?

By Josh Wolk
Updated July 03, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Steven Spielberg will produce a third film in the lucrative “Jurassic Park” franchise, to be released in the summer of the year 2000. (The original film earned $356.7 million, while last summer’s follow-up, “The Lost World,” grossed $229 million.) But the film’s appeal is diminished because Spielberg will not direct; he’ll merely develop the movie’s story with novelist Michael Crichton. “This seems like a really cynical way to cash in on the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise,” says EW writer Chris Nashawaty. “If Spielberg’s not going to shoot it, what’s the point? It’s like making another Indiana Jones film without him directing.” And as a box office history lesson, Spielberg should keep in mind that Jeannot Szwarc’s “Jaws 2” ain’t anywhere near the top-grossers list.

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