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James Cameron Talks Jurassic Park
His take would have been 'much nastier'

14 September 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Huffington Post UK

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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.

 


What would James Cameron's Jurassic Park have been like?
The tyrannosaurus rex would have been "king of the world!"
Isla Nublar would have been nuked from orbit – it's the only way to be sure.
Some of the dinosaurs would have been killer robot dinosaurs.
Robert Muldoon would have been played by Arnie. "Clevar gurl..."
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Not interested!
As much as I like both Cameron and Spielberg, Jurrasic Park is very much a classic that Spielberg made his own! Therefore I'm glad he made it and am not remotely interested in what James Cameron would've brought. NEXT!!! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 22:35 on 21 September 2012 | Report This Post

Nastier??
Yes his take may have been nastier, but we would still be waiting for it to be made as his penchant for making things 'real' as he says would see him recreating dino's from random DNA, shooting the film in 4D smelovision and then leave us hanging for between 8-10 years for any sequels as he would be too busy digging up dino bones found on the moon.... More

Posted by spamfiend at 07:54 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Thank god!!!! Cameron's films have pretty much sucked with the exception of 2 or 3! More

Posted by J_BUltimatum at 23:40 on 16 September 2012 | Report This Post

Please no Eco-Dinosaurs.....
I suppose that Cameron at that point in time could have made a gruesom, nasty dino-thriller, but why bring that up now? With his current output in mind it seems more likely that his Jurassic park would be a rainbow coloured eco-dramas with a bob-the-builderesque story-line. I think a really interesting idea for JP4 would be paul greengrass, all hard-impact handheld mayhem or for something completely different, what about convincing Lars Von Trier to make the Americana triology into a Quadrilogy, More

Posted by ManWithHarmonica at 20:34 on 16 September 2012 | Report This Post

Please no Eco-Dinosaurs.....
I suppose that Cameron at that point in time could have made a gruesom, nasty dino-thriller, but why bring that up now? With his current output in mind it seems more likely that his Jurassic park would be a rainbow coloured eco-dramas with a bob-the-builderesque story-line. I think a really interesting idea for JP4 would be paul greengrass, all hard-impact handheld mayhem or for something completely different, what about convincing Lars Von Trier to make the Americana triology into a Quadrilogy, More

Posted by ManWithHarmonica at 20:28 on 16 September 2012 | Report This Post

Leave it alone
As much as I love James Cameron, I also love Steven Spielberg (well the one who made Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders and ET) and I love Jurassic Park. I don't think just because you put in more gore or make a film 'darker' means it becomes better. Spielberg used to make films for everyone and Cameron makes movies Spielberg should make but they are aimed at teens and adults. But there is nothing wrong with kids movies, look at how many brilliant animated movies there have been. I would e More

Posted by Private Hudson at 19:09 on 16 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Classic
I'd like to see what Cameron would do with the franchise could make for a brilliant movie but just because it would be gorier doesn't mean it'd be better than the originals. More

Posted by Locog18 at 18:03 on 16 September 2012 | Report This Post

Classic
It would have been a classic if Cameron did direct it. Instead we got a weak insipid child friendly film, instead of a good soild 15 or 18 cert with all the blood and guts. I thought Godzilla was better. And I'm serious about Godzilla. More

Posted by Odgers at 12:45 on 16 September 2012 | Report This Post

Jaws
James Cameron is great. But let's remember that Steven Spielberg made the movie Jaws. I'm not sure what movie other people saw. And I realize that the marketing machine in Hollywood tried to make this movie a "family movie," but at the end of the day Jurassic Park is a horror film... plain and simple. More

Posted by Entertain Me at 02:01 on 16 September 2012 | Report This Post

jurassic park
give alan partridge his moment of glory, just before he is eaten by rabid robo-dinosaur which is then nuked from orbit More

Posted by nicholask79 at 22:30 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: James Cameron Talks Jurassic Park
Fuck off Cameron you whore. Come back and give your opinion when you stop making cinematic equivalents of a Big Mac. More

Posted by My name is Legion at 18:21 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

muppet
he has'nt done a good film since terminator 2 avatar was rubbish if it was'nt for the effects i would'nt have watched it all, jurassic park i would not let him clean up the dino sh*t never mind direct it More

Posted by bluedub at 12:21 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

Please make it!
This is one of those premises that makes me shudder at how good it would have been. Not that Spielberg's effort is bad; it's amazing and one of my favourite films. But so is Aliens and Aliens with dinosaurs simply sounds awesome. More

Posted by 99intheshade at 10:57 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

He's now been speaking about Avatar 4, but how far along is 2 or 3?? I'm surprised he crawled out of his own arse to get another snippet of publicity. More

Posted by shitneck at 10:31 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

Most Overrated Movie Ever
Even as a child I It found the movie overbearing. Watching kids in constant scream mode is not my idea of entertainment. Apart from the FX which are obviously spectacular, id give the movie itself , Zero star. More

Posted by burtbondy at 10:26 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Also it'd be about 4 Hours long!!! More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:37 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

At his current workrate we'd probably be on the 4th version of it "The Directors Cut Special Edition in Mind Blowing 3D!" More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:34 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

woulda been ok....?
not convinced. but it takes a lot for me to be convinced that anyone's better than Spielberg so I'm not the best person to ask for an opinion. Personally (and this is gonna make a few people fall over in shock) Aliens was just a bit 'meh' for me. Seriously, just don't get what all the fuss is about. Like I said though, I'm not the best to ask. That being said - Terminator and T2 were lots of noisy fun and anything with Kate Winslett in a corset and I'm there More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 08:32 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: For Kids?
Jurassic Parks? More

Posted by Evil_Bob at 05:41 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

For Kids?
He makes it sound the movies were for 4 year olds or something Pixar made...I remember watching Jurassic Park as a young lad and being right scared of it. I loved dinosaurs, but that makes you MORE scared of raptors and T-rexes running amok on screen. What makes a movie 'for adults' anyway? If it's just more gore, swearing and boobs, well what do they actually contribute to the storyline? More

Posted by sifter132 at 23:46 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Cameron's Dinosaurs
Cameron hasn't made a decent movie since 1994. As far as I'm concerned he has entered the trench occupied by many former great artists, and is now on autopilot. He should step down now before he disgraces himself even more. More

Posted by wattsvilleblues at 23:43 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

Cameron's Dinosaurs
They mostly come at night ... mostly. More

Posted by kramaring at 20:19 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

He could make....
Cameron should make a film version of Dino Crisis, the Playstation game. Get as nasty as he wants!!!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 19:46 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

Could he not have just made another dinosaur movie not called jurassic park? More

Posted by ste_robbo at 18:40 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

It's Not Too Late
Spielberg recently announced there will be a 4th Jurassic Park movie. Maybe it's too late but I suggest James Cameron contribute to the story, etc. We've had the kids movies (and they were all great, the second I think was the best). Now it's time for a new take.... Take it to darker (nastier) place. Plus Steven and James working together? Very sweet! More

Posted by Mike1701 at 18:38 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

The TerminRaptor
Let him prove it and reboot the franchise. Can't be any worse than The Lost World. More

Posted by BenTramer at 18:12 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

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