Which mega-director almost made a 'much nastier' Jurassic Park?

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Dec 17, 2012

Even though Jurassic Park is one of Steven Spielberg's biggest hits, he came within hours of not directing it. Guess who might have done the job instead?

In an interview with the British edition of the Huffington Post, Avatar director James Cameron revealed that he was itching to make the film version of Michael Crichton's bestseller. So what happened? "I tried to buy the book rights and (Spielberg) beat me to it by a few hours," Cameron recalled.

As much as we love Spielberg's movie, the notion of Cameron bringing those dinosaurs to life is an intriguing one. Cameron, however, thinks the movie got the director it needed, saying, "When I saw the film, I realized 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."

(We have to make a quick note here: Although the exact quote uses the word "aliens" without a capital "A," we think that Cameron actually meant that his Jurassic Park would have been closer in tone and style to his 1986 film Aliens, and that the reporter somehow misinterpreted that.)

He continues, "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."

We still think parts of Spielberg's film, like the first T-rex attack and the final battle with the velociraptors, are pretty intense, so the mind reels at what Cameron would have done with a "much nastier" version. What do you think? If history could be rewritten, would you like to see James Cameron's Jurassic Park?

(via Giant Freakin Robot)