Motion picture crews are on Kaua’i this week for location filming for Universal
Pictures’ and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic Park III.”
Not everybody on
the island was atuned to the cinematic activity. At one location, visitors
returning from a Wailua River cruise were oblivious to the filmmaking going on
nearby at Wailua Marina.
The film, the third installment in the studio’s
most successful film franchise ever, is scheduled for release next
Director Steven Spielberg is serving as executive producer for the
film. Spielberg traveled to Kaua’i in 1992 to film the original “Jurassic Park”
and survived Hurricane ‘Iniki inside the Westin Kauai’ at Kalapaki. He returned
in 1996 to film the sequel, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”
featured numerous locations on Kaua’i, including Limahuli Valley at Ha’ena,
Olokele Canyon, the National Tropical Botanical Garden at Lawa’i, Valley House
at Kealia, the beachfront near the Otsuka store in Kapa’a, pastoral lands at
Kilauea and Maha’ulepu.
Joe Johnston (“October Sky,” “Jumanji”) is
directing “Jurasic Park III.” The screenplay is based on characters created by
best-selling writer and North Shore resident Michael Crichton.
and the Oscar-winning visual effects wizards at Industrial Light and Magic will
once again create dinosaur effects for the film.
Also back for the latest
dinosaur flick is actor Sam Neill, who is returning in the role of Dr. Alan
Location footage was filmed last week on the North Shore of O’ahu.
Filming will finish up at locations in southern California and on sound stages
on the Universal lot in Los Angeles.
The film company is anticipating
another blockbuster with “Jurassic Park III.” The first two films have
generated more than $1.5 billion in worldwide box office revenue.