James Cameron Wanted To Make A Much Darker Version of Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg beat the Titanic filmmaker to landing the rights to the book.

James Cameron's dark vision for Jurassic Park.Image Getty

James Cameron has revealed how close he came to landing the rights to make Jurassic Park and how he wanted to make a much, much darker movie out of the Michael Crichton book.

Rumours have long suggested Cameron was keen on the project, with some sources even indicating that the director had both Arnold Schwarzenegger and the late Bill Paxton in mind for the project.

Unfortunately, he missed out on the rights after Steven Spielberg beat him to the punch by a matter of hours. So what would Cameron’s Jurassic Park have looked like? A lot darker, if the comments he offered in an interview with the Huffington Post are to be believed.

Avatar director James Cameron at a screening for Terminator

The Avatar filmmaker, to his credit, admits that ultimately Spielberg had a better feel for the book. Because Cameron wanted to make something kind of crazy.

Crazy but also pretty cool, from the sounds of it.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The 1986 classic Aliens.

Aliens with dinosaurs? That sounds amazing! Arnie and Bill fighting off a T-Rex and a herd of raptors? At the very least, that’s a definite step up from The Lost World, the Jurassic Park sequel no one likes to talk about.

In fact, it’s not too late for Cameron. Ditch the Avatar sequels and take over Jurassic World 2! No? Well, it was worth a try.

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