Trivia: Jurassic Park III

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: When an interviewer asked William H. Macy why he accepted a role in Jurassic Park III, he replied "Because I'm 50 years old and I get to fight a dinosaur."
  • Franchise Killer: The negative reaction put an end to Jurassic Park films, for a while. But after 14 years in Development Hell, Jurassic World was released to critical and box-office acclaim.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle! Nooo!
  • Refitted For Sequel: Many scenes in the film are from the books: The river chase and aviary from the first and the cloning lab from The Lost World. It's been joked that III exists mainly to use up all the bits from the books they couldn't fit into the first two movies.
  • Science Marches On:
    • The incorrectness of the Jurassic Park dinosaurs is Handwaved and Justified by Grant in that these dinosaurs are mutants, not real dinosaurs (thanks to having their DNA spliced by frog DNA.) One of the changes includes putting some feathers on the head of the raptors.
    • Around the time this film was made, it was not yet known that pterosaurs didn't rear their young like birds.
    • In 2014, a more complete skeleton of Spinosaurus was found, which showed that while still a big carnivore, the Spinosaurus had an even more bizarre shape and was suggested to have been quadrupedalnote  and adapted for an aquatic lifestyle, as its hind legs were unconventionally short and possessed webbed feet, which may have made it very difficult for it to have a fully bipedal posture. Basically making him look like an overgrown Dimetrodon! This new reconstruction has not gone without criticism, although the researchers have also responded to the detractors.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Dr. Malcolm was in the original script, but Jeff Goldblum had to drop out.
    • A Baryonyx had Spinosaurus' role in the original script. This was referenced in-movie. Billy guesses the dinosaur that attacked the plane is a Baryonyx, but Grant corrects him, saying Baryonyx didn't have that impressive sail on the back.
    • The ending was changed a lot; in the original script, the Spinosaurus was attacked by raptors and killed at the end; this was probably changed because in the first movie, the raptors were no match for the T. rex, and having them bring down an even bigger carnivore that actually killed a T. rex earlier in the film wouldn't seem realistic. note  Also, the helicopter was to be attacked by Pteranodons. And they also considered having the Spinosaurus attack the marines.
    • One of the first scripts was about a group of teens stranded in the island and being eaten one by one. It was described as Friends with dinosaurs... and quickly dropped.
  • Out of all the Jurassic Park movies, III is the favorite of Sam Neill. He says that it's because this film has the most three-dimensional characters out of the franchise. It is unknown if Jurassic World changed this.