James Cameron nearly directed Jurassic Park

Says his version would’ve been “much nastier”

James Cameron has revealed that he was within touching distance of directing Jurassic Park , and had plans to make a “much nastier” version of Michael Crichton’s classic dinosaur story.

To be honest, listening to what Cameron had planned for the film is an interesting glimpse into a parallel movie universe.

“When I saw the film,” says Cameron, “I realised that I was not the right person to make the film, [ Spielberg ] was. Because he made a dinosaur movie for kids, and mine would have been Aliens with dinosaurs, and that wouldn’t have been fair.”

“Dinosaurs are for 8-year-olds. We can all enjoy it, too, but kids get dinosaurs and they should not have been excluded from that. His sensibility was right for that film. I’d have gone further, nastier, much nastier.”

Aliens with dinosaurs? While that does sound intriguing, it's hard to imagine it bettering Spielberg's blockbusting (family-friendly) thrillride. This'll certainly be one of those movie 'what if?' concepts we'll daydream about for some time though...


George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.


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