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- July 17, 2001
Joe Johnston Thought
of Quitting Jurassic Park 3
"I thought about it a few times... And there were actually phone calls where I called my agent and I said, 'Look, you have to get me off this movie. I don't care what it takes. I don't care if it's the end of my career, you have to get me off tomorrow'...It's hard enough to make a movie when you've got a script that you really love and it's been polished to death. But to start over, and start shooting a $100 million movie without a script, you want to blow your brains out."
Johnston and Universal are taking some heat for proceeding in the production of Jurassic Park 3 without a finished script. The original script for the movie was thrown out just weeks before production began, resulting in the movie being made while it was being filmed. This is a far cry from Johnston's more organized productions like last year's critically acclaimed October Sky movie and the adventure Jumanji.
Jurassic Park 3
opens domestically in theaters tomorrow. It is only 90-minutes in length.
The Mummy Returns
Tops $400 Million Worldwide
"We have always had faith that this exciting and action-packed movie would captivate audiences worldwide," said Marc Shmuger, vice chairman of Universal Pictures, "and we are very pleased that our partners around the world have brought the film so successfully to its audience. This fantastic success is also a testament to the strength of 'The Mummy' franchise which continues to satisfy audiences around the world."
The Mummy Returns
is only the second movie this year to top $200 million domestically. The
first was Shrek, which is still playing in theaters with a total
of $247.3 million domestically to date.
Final Weekend Box
The gain/loss represents
the movie's performance when compared to last weekend.
News Link of the
Day - Hitch-Hiker Returns to TV
According to BBC News:
"The hit sci-fi comedy The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy is to return to BBC TV as a tribute to its creator, Douglas Adams, who died in May.
The series, first
shown in 1981, will be repeated from the end of July, with a special edition
of Omnibus about the author's life also planned..."
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