James Cameron Nearly Directed Jurassic Park

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James Cameron Nearly Directed Jurassic Park

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Cameron's take on Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park would have been "Aliens with dinosaurs."

Now that he's made two of the highest-grossing films in history, Avatar director, James Cameron, presumably gets his pick of movie concepts. But there was a time the Canadian director had to fight other directors for projects, and one title that slipped his grasp was Jurassic Park. As Cameron tells it, fellow blockbuster-merchant, Steven Spielberg, beat him to the movie rights for Michael Crichton's best-selling novel by a few hours.

"I tried to buy the book rights and he beat me to it by a few hours," Cameron told the Huffington Post at the recently opened Titanic Museum in Belfast. "But 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."

"Dinosaurs are for 8-year-olds," he continued. "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."

Despite, or perhaps because of, all the severed limbs and ravenous prehistoric monsters, Jurassic Park went on to be a huge hit with kids. The film spawned all manner of merchandise, a number of theme park rides and over a dozen video games. It also popularized the Velociraptor, much to the chagrin of paleontologists who are forced to break hearts on a daily basis by explaining that the creatures were essentially dorky-looking chickens.

Producer Frank Marshall recently confirmed that Jurassic park IV would be hitting screens within the next two years. The script was written by Mark (writer of The Cell, Thor and the upcoming Mass Effect film) and Jurassic Park 3 director, Joe Johnson is set to direct.

Source" The Huffington Post

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well i'd be interested in remake/reboot done by Cameron if he stayed true to the book...but what's the chances of that ? :P

man i miss good Michael Crichton books :(

Although I wouldn't doubt that it would be a great movie, what makes Jurassic Park so enduring is that Spielbergian charm.

Nice read, but that last line was a shot to the balls. JP4?! Are they mad?

".....and Jurassic Park 3 director, Joe Johnson is set to direct."

Now that can't be good.

But I would love to see Camerons take on JP.

Signa:
Nice read, but that last line was a shot to the balls. JP4?! Are they mad?

Hey! The Third movie and the first movie are enjoyable. D: The third one may not be the smartest but it's got some awesome scenes. :D Good mindless flick. :)

Oh JP4 is still in the works?

When was JP3 released? Early 2000s? And where would it even take place?

Is there some third island hidden in the Bermuda triangle or something?

.....

I hope not.

nodlimax:
".....and Jurassic Park 3 director, Joe Johnson is set to direct."

Now that can't be good.

But I would love to see Camerons take on JP.

dude, Joe Johnston isn't a bad director. I just want to kill whoever wrote the script for 3. Johnston has made some kickass movies, like The Rocketeer and Captain America.

And am I the only one here who liked the second movie? It was dumb, but it was still fun.

I'd still like to have seen his version though.
And No Right Answer was JUST talking about terrible third movies today!

You underestimate children I think. I was seven when the film came out and I knew full well their (and Crichton's) depiction of Velociraptor was actually a combination of Deinonychus and the then newly discovered Utahraptor.

Soviet Heavy:

And am I the only one here who liked the second movie? It was dumb, but it was still fun.

The book is a decent read. Better than the film (as if that needed to be said).

And then Corman went and had Carnosaur 2 made, which is LITERALLY Aliens blended together with Jurassic Park.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkYAr_wyaZU

Thank God Cameron stayed off the project. Instead we got actual characters, pacing and GOOD directing. Sure, Jurassic Park is the most b-movie of Spielberg's b-movie arsenal (in this case, meaning old serial formats and high concept silliness like Indy - so meant with all the love in the world), but it's still light years ahead of Cameron's cringe worthy pap.

Also, good and Michael Crichton don't belong in the same sentence.

So he would have made Jurassic Park 3?

Anyway, while I agree dinosaurs are one of the few very awesome things kids get that adults have to share (like Transformers), I hate kids and think one less dinosaur movie for them would have been just... just great. Seriously. Fuck you kids! I get the dinosaurs! What do YOU have??! MWAHAHA

...oh well. Hopefully there'll be no kids in Primal Carnage.

JP4??!! are the serious. part 3 was awful. part 2 wasnt really better either but still better then part 3.
i still like JP. for that time, its still a great movie, and even when im not a kid anymore, i still enjoy it. the kitchen scene is still the best.

miss crichton. loved his books.

upcoming Mass Effect film???

oh jesus NO.....

Vault101:
upcoming Mass Effect film???

oh jesus NO.....

Look on the bright side. At least it'll have an actual ending on day 1!

Also: I would like to see what James Cameron can do with Jurassic park... Although I suspect that he may incorporate a dinasour-like creature such as the Toruk from Avatar into Avatar 2 anyway... He needs some form of Deus ex machina plot resolution... (How is Eywa's intervention not considered to be that?)

Mass Effect movie? Not my Shepard = not Mass Effect.

Jurassic Park is still one of my favourite films to date though I wouldn't mind seeing "Aliens with dinosaurs", just as long as there are no actual aliens.

Soviet Heavy:

And am I the only one here who liked the second movie? It was dumb, but it was still fun.

No, you're not.

"Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and screaming."

As if J Cameron has EVER came anything close to being as immersive as Aliens.
Therefore, i dont think he would have succeeded anyway.

Jurassic park was for kids?
What.

loa:
Jurassic park was for kids?
What.

To be fair, it was pretty much that level of humour and action. Sure, it had some "scary" bits in it but on the whole it was pretty laid back. Prime example is when the kid is hanging onto the electric fence and has to count down before he lets go but gets shocked off it before he can say "1".

I wouldn't say that all dinosaur films should be aimed at kids though, I think Cameron is a bit wrong there. If they released a proper gritty action film with dinosaurs it'd be great, make a nice change from the various comic book plundering films we've had recently.

Producer Frank Marshall recently confirmed that Jurassic park IV would be hitting screens within the next two years. The script was written by Mark (writer of The Cell, Thor and the upcoming Mass Effect film) and Jurassic Park 3 director, Joe Johnson is set to direct.

Cell: crap movie, far too pretentious for it's own good.
Thor: not bad, but very simplistic (but how much can you get out of a comic book anyway)
Jurassic Park 3: absolutely horrible.

I HAVE NO FAITH IN PART 4.

Wait WHAT all I got out of this was Mass Effect film? Please for the love of jebus christ on a bun, do. not. do. this.

doggie015:

Vault101:
upcoming Mass Effect film???

oh jesus NO.....

Look on the bright side. At least it'll have an actual ending on day 1!

Nope, the ending will be day 1 DLC.

Did anyone else read this as cameron saying he is too good to make movies for kids so its a good thing spielberg[a much better director] got it so he could debase himself? Screw you Carmeron, you're a hack who needed an outlandish CGI budget so you could remake pocahontas with all the characters replaced with the bastard love children of "Cats" and the blue man group.

Vault101:
upcoming Mass Effect film???

oh jesus NO.....

Dinosaurs, blah blah... Mass Effect?! Ears prick up.

If it's done right, it could be the *only* decent game to movie conversion... there's certainly enough material and there's an established look.. It could be awesome!

Just guard the production from Uwe Boll with snipers and to keep in on topic, a T-Rex.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1482455/

Soviet Heavy:

nodlimax:
".....and Jurassic Park 3 director, Joe Johnson is set to direct."

Now that can't be good.

But I would love to see Camerons take on JP.

dude, Joe Johnston isn't a bad director. I just want to kill whoever wrote the script for 3. Johnston has made some kickass movies, like The Rocketeer and Captain America.

And am I the only one here who liked the second movie? It was dumb, but it was still fun.

Nah, I enjoyed the second film a lot too - it's just the third that left me a bit cold.

The rumours I've heard for JP4 don't help any....Half human/velociraptor hybrid soldiers anyone?

*shudders*

ascorbius:

Dinosaurs, blah blah... Mass Effect?! Ears prick up.

If it's done right, it could be the *only* decent game to movie conversion... there's certainly enough material and there's an established look.. It could be awesome!

Just guard the production from Uwe Boll with snipers and to keep in on topic, a T-Rex.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1482455/

true....but no matter how good it is its not going to be "my" Shepard (or to be more acurate femshep) and to be honest it would make it almsot unwatchable for me...I mean its scary that I can imagine then casting Sam Worthington or some equivalent

I'd also like to blame Michael Crichton for making every dinosaur game have projectile spitting dilophosaurus with frills. That is actually 50% more annoying then the velociraptors.

Well, James Cameron was behind the two best sequels in movie history (I'm going to pretend that this much is unarguable). His movie magic in that regard could have done The Lost World wonders. Kidding aside, from the sounds of it, he would have made a dinosaur movie that would take itself seriously; depending on how close to the book things were, such an interpretation could have very well worked.

As for Jurassic Park IV, the last plot pitch I heard of was the one about a mercenary training a squad of deinonychus for use by the military. That idea needed to be lit on fire.

So, the writer for I am Legend, Thor, The Cell and Poseidon is making the Mass Effect film?

A shame, it might've been the first good video game-movie.

To this day, my friends and I agree that Jurassic Park had the most convincing CGI ever made.

Swapping Spielberg with Cameron wouldn't have changed a thing.

On the other hand, I would have loved to see how it would have turned out if they used Spielberg's non-union Mexican equivalent, Señor Spielbergo

Good thing Cameron didn't direct Jurassic Park. He is awfully overrated. Terminator 2 and Aliens are by far worse than the first films and Camerons Titanic and Avatar are just... Awful.

Vault101:

ascorbius:

Dinosaurs, blah blah... Mass Effect?! Ears prick up.

If it's done right, it could be the *only* decent game to movie conversion... there's certainly enough material and there's an established look.. It could be awesome!

Just guard the production from Uwe Boll with snipers and to keep in on topic, a T-Rex.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1482455/

true....but no matter how good it is its not going to be "my" Shepard (or to be more acurate femshep) and to be honest it would make it almsot unwatchable for me...I mean its scary that I can imagine then casting Sam Worthington or some equivalent

As far as I'm aware a Mass Effect film wouldn't be focused around Shepard at all; instead they're going to focus on something that was in the background. Seeing how much stuff there is in the Codex, I think it could go well.

Or it could end up shit, but here's hoping, eh?

Wow, shanghaied by Mass Effect.

I just wanted to say this; velociraptors might look like dorky chickens, but in the words of Dr. Alan Grant:

Try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period. You get your first look at this "six foot turkey" as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex - he'll lose you if you don't move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that's when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side, from the other two raptors you didn't even know were there. Because Velociraptor's a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this - a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the middle toe. He doesn't bother to bite your jugular like a lion, oh no ... he slashes at you here or here ... or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is ... you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know ... try to show a little respect.

I don't care what it looks like, it is still a badass.

Cameron would have been good for a "true to book" interpretation. I like Spielberg's, though.

Nuke_em_05:
Wow, shanghaied by Mass Effect.

I just wanted to say this; velociraptors might look like dorky chickens, but in the words of Dr. Alan Grant:

Try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period. You get your first look at this "six foot turkey" as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex - he'll lose you if you don't move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that's when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side, from the other two raptors you didn't even know were there. Because Velociraptor's a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this - a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the middle toe. He doesn't bother to bite your jugular like a lion, oh no ... he slashes at you here or here ... or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is ... you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know ... try to show a little respect.

I don't care what it looks like, it is still a badass.

Cameron would have been good for a "true to book" interpretation. I like Spielberg's, though.

I always preferred Utahraptor's, because it feels like they're more like a mix of a lizard, a hawk, and an angry grizzly bear.

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