Few could argue that Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is pretty much a perfect cinema experience, the film is incredible and I will never forget the excitement and jaw dropping awesomeness of seeing that film for the first time in the cinema. It couldn’t really have been any better, or could it?
Director James Cameron is hard at work promoting Titanic’s DVD & Bluray release, and waffling on and on about Avatar 2,3 and possibly 4, but in a recent interview with the UK’s Huffington Post, the director spilled the beans on a film which could have been, and from the sounds of it, us adults could have been in for a right treat. Sadly though, the poor kids would have missed out. Cameron described how he was chasing Jurassic Park to direct, and was attempting to acquire rights to Michael Crichton’s novel before someone else beat him to it. As we all know that someone else was Steven Spielberg, and he beat Cameron to it by just a few hours. Just a few hours!!! My, we would have seen something completely different had Cameron beat his good friend to the deal, and here is how Cameron describes his plans for the film:
“I tried to buy the book rights and he beat me to it by a few hours. 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,” Cameron explained. “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.”
So there you have it: while it is very hard to complain about Spielberg’s ground-breaking masterpiece, Cameron’s version would have been pretty damned amazing too. Remember this is the guy who directed Aliens, The Terminator 1 and 2 and The Abyss, so yeah, I would have loved to have seen what he could have done with the story. However, with the rest of his life seemingly dedicated to Avatar, I guess we will never know quite how good it would have been.
(Source: Huffington Post)
By Matt Wavish