James Cameron circa 2012 and I are not on the best of terms. To this day, I still can’t wrap my head around the success that Avatar had. Simply because I can’t find anything within the movie that I like. To me it feels like a movie from a filmmaker who believes his own hype. Now Cameron circa early 90’s and I…we have no problems. I say this because Cameron talked about his pursuit of trying to make Jurassic Park and I have to admit, I would’ve liked to seen that version.
Cameron was talking with the Huffington Post and while pimping the release of Titanic on Blu-ray the subject of Jurassic Park came up. Seems Cameron was hot to make the movie but was beaten to the punch by one Steven Spielberg.
Cameron doesn’t seem too broken up by it and had this to say about Spielberg’s film:
“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. 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.”
I love Jurassic Park and Cameron does make a good point about Spielberg’s sensibility being right for the movie, but the James Cameron of the early 90’s, coming off of Aliens and Terminator 2, making Jurassic Park? One can only imagine how awesome that movie might have been. Sure it probably wouldn’t have been the huge moneymaker that JP turned out to be, but as it plays out in my head, it's possible that I would have loved his version immensely.
And who knows, making Jurassic Park might have given us a different James Cameron today. A James Cameron that still knows how to make enjoyable films.