This week’s memorable movie moment takes us back to the first sequel to Jurassic Park, The Lost World (1997). Also based on the preceding novel by Michael Crichton, the film is the only Jurassic Park sequel to be directed by Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies), although he has served as executive producer on JP3 (2001) and Jurassic World (2015). In fact The Lost World is the only sequel that Spielberg has opted to direct, outside of the Indiana Jones series. It was also his first time back to film after he took a leave of absence when Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List were completed and became box office hits both in the same year. Author Michael Crichton had titled the book after the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which also features a mysterious island with dinosaurs and other strange phenomena.
The Lost World brought back original actor Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Dr. Ian Malcolm, who is joined by an all new cast of characters, including Oscar-winner Julianne Moore (Hannibal, Crazy Stupid Love), Pete Postlethwaite (Inception, The Town), Vince Vaughn (Old School, Wedding Crashers), Arliss Howard (Full Metal Jacket, Moneyball), Peter Stormare (Armageddon, Minority Report), Vanessa Lee Chester (A Little Princess, Harriet the Spy), and acclaimed British actor Richard Attenborough (The Great Escape, Elizabeth). Picking up four years after the original, Ian Malcolm and company is commissioned by John Hammond to go to the little known Site B on Isla Sorna and conduct and ecological study of the dinosaurs that should have all died once the accident at Jurassic Park forced all operations to cease and the animals were released into the wild. Featuring much more dinosaur action than the original, The Lost World received an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects, and even more impressive, it held the record for the largest box office weekend of all time between May 1997 and November 2001.
The Lost World reunited actors Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough for one scene in the beginning of the film. Although it is Attenborough’s only appearance besides a short narrative at the close, it sets up the background, new characters, and the current situation all in a matter of just 5 minutes. The scene is not only a salute to the extraordinary talents of Goldblum and Attenborough, but also to the writing by screenwriter David Koepp, who also wrote the script for the original film. In the exchange, Attenborough flawlessly delivers his lines as frustrated ex-InGen CEO John Hammond. Hammond explains that he has been fighting the Board of Directors over whether or not to exploit Site B in order to bail the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but that it is no longer in his control and that he must rally public support “before this Lost World is found and pillaged.” The first half of the scene is available for you here on MADE. To see the second, just click here. Enjoy!