James Cameron reveals that he nearly directed Jurassic Park

News Glen Chapman 14 Sep 2012 - 07:34

In a recent interview, James Cameron has revealed that he was beaten by a matter of hours in securing the rights to Jurassic Park.

James Cameron offered up a very interesting 'what could have been' scenario in a recent interview, as he revealed that he was close to signing on to adapt Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park and that Steven Spielberg only beat him in securing the rights by a couple of hours. He didn't stop there though as he went on to reveal what he would have done with the material:

“I'd have gone further. Nastier, much nastier... mine would have been Aliens with dinosaurs.”

Cameron goes on to explain that his version wouldn't have been able to match the charm of Spielberg's:

“When I saw the film I realised that I was not the right person to make the film, he was. Because he made a dinosaur movie for kids... dinosaurs are for 8-year-olds. We can all enjoy it, too, but kids get dinosaurs and they should not have been excluded for that. His sensibility was right for the film.”

Well, it's hard to say that isn't an enticing prospect right there. Cameron would have presumably come to Jurassic Park in-between Terminator 2 and True Lies, and it might have been the right film at the right time for him. That notwithstanding, we love the Spielberg version. Incidentally, Jurassic Park is being re-released in 3D on the 5th April 2013

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In essence Jurassic Park is a horror movie, even with B-horror movie staples like a mad scientist and his creatures escape the cages on a distant tropic island. But by respecting these animals, respecting history and science and putting them within a worldly context and turning this into an action/adventure movie also for children this became so much more than a mere horror movie. This could've been so bad but Spielberg triumphed. He understood the magic of King Kong and inserted it into his movie making it equally iconic. And add to that the great actors of Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough and the great music of John Williams and it's an instant classic.

I wouldn't call Jurassic Park a "kids movie." I saw it when I was 13 and found it terrifying, but I loved it at the same time. It still has a magical, realistic thrill to it. Cameron would have made it a slash-fest, which might have had it's appeal with certain audiences, but it would have lost the true wonder and moments of beauty the film has as well to balance the terror.
It is one of my all-time favorites and I can't wait to see it in 3D next year.

I remember Jurrassic Park put me on the edge of my seat far more than 'Aliens' ever did! Not bad for a "Kids Movie", wouldn't you say so Mr Cameron?
Saying that, I would have loved to see Mr Cameron direct the sequel. I'm sure Jurrassic Park 2 would have benifited from his old trick of taking other peoples material and adding Marines and Heavy Artillery.

The novel Jurassic Park is primal and brutal. Cameron making a R-rated version would have been truer to the book.

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