James Cameron Talks Jurassic Park

His take would have been 'much nastier'

What-ifs and might-have-beens are fuel for so many cinemagoers' pub debates – Tim Burton's Superman, Del Toro's The Hobbit and so on – and now another can be added to the pile: what if James Cameron had made Jurassic Park?

Talking to Huffington Post UK recently, Cameron explains that he was pipped to the post by one Steven Spielberg, who beat him by mere hours to the rights to Michael Crichton's much-loved tale of rampaging dinosaurs instead of the one-time editor of Empire.

"I tried to buy the book rights and he beat me to it by a few hours," said Cameron. "But 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, and mine would have been Aliens with dinosaurs, and that wouldn't have been fair."

Aliens with dinosaurs? Now there's an idea. An Avatar-like idea, in fact.

"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 that film, I'd have gone further, nastier, much nastier."

Of course Jurassic Park wasn't without its nasty moments – Samuel L. Jackson's arm springs to mind – but it sounds like Cameron's take would have been much more adult-focused and far less family friendly.

Let us know what you think of this alt-universe film via the poll and comment below, and as this Huffington Post UK interview was held in honour of the Titanic 3D Blu-ray re-release, it's only fair to mention that it's on sale right about now.