The Character That Came Close to Exclusion, as Disclosed by the Writer of Jurassic Park

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The writer behind Jurassic Park is sharing which character he didn’t want to include in the now iconic film by director Steven Spielberg.


The Jurassic Park franchise has produced six films to date, generating billions of dollars in revenue. Its wide reach leaves the possibility for more movies open, regardless of any current “ending” on the table.

Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park (1993). Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

In fact, the recent Jurassic World Dominion was the first film in the new trilogy to embrace the idea of revival, even if it was deemed unnecessary, by bringing back the original cast members who had previously concluded their stories. But did you know that one beloved character was almost left out of the original Jurassic Park?

Jurassic Park Screenwriter on the Character He Initially Intended to Remove

Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp recently discussed his hesitations about a specific character in an episode of the Script Apart podcast. Koepp explained, “My first draft didn’t include Jeff Goldblum’s character. I turned it in and told [director Steven Spielberg] beforehand, ‘That guy’s gotta go. I can’t do it; it’s too hard,’ you know? [Laughs] ‘He’s just talking for pages at a time about esoteric scientific concepts; he’s gotta go.'” The renowned Jurassic Park screenwriter revealed that Spielberg had already expressed his desire for the character, saying, “We’ve gotta have Malcolm. Jeff Goldblum came in and just read some passages from the book, and [the part] was made for him. We gotta figure it out.”

Gladly, Goldblum’s character became a fan-favorite with multiple appearances throughout the franchise, even in the recent conclusion, Jurassic World Dominion in 2022. It’s clear that keeping his character was the right decision.

And the rest, as they say, is cinematic history! Can you even imagine a world without Goldblum in the major box-office-impacting Jurassic Park franchise?


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