James Cameron Wanted ‘Jurassic Park’, But Steven Spielberg Forestalled Him

The famous filmmaker revealed that he had always wanted to shoot Jurassic Park, but was beaten to it by Steven Spielberg.

James Cameron had to content himself with making the film which was later claimed to be the highest-grossing movie of all time. Photo: Titanic Belfast/Flickr

‘Titanic’ director James Cameron has recently revealed that he had been dreaming of shooting ‘Jurassic Park’, speaking with reporters in the Titanic Museum in Belfast, where the ship he brought to the big screen was designed and crafted back at the beginning of last century.

“I tried to buy the book rights and he beat me to it by a few hours,” Cameron told reporters, adding: “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.”

The filmmaker went on, saying: “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.”

It was the first time Cameron had gone to Belfast, and he described previously being moved by the efforts of the Irish engineers, when he commissioned a US Navy report into the sinking of the Titanic, following his original success with the film, The Huffington Post reports.

“We found we couldn’t replicate the sinking of the ship, without it rolling either one way or the other, and concluded that it must have been human intervention that led it to sinking straight downwards,” Cameron said.

“That was the engineers on the ship, who sacrificed their lives, moving water around to stop it listing, which meant the lifeboats could be lowered, so they saved hundreds of lives,” he added.

The city’s association with the doomed ship has been immortalized in a museum dedicated to the building of the world-known vessel, and all aspects of Belfast life at that time of the beginning of last century.

In took £100million to build Titanic museum which dominates the city’s docklands, just as the gigantic liner did when it was built at the site.

As The Sun reports, the striking silver visitors’ centre, called Titanic Belfast, is also designed to show just how well the vessel was made.

“Inside, glass escalators line the four-story atrium and provide access to the museum’s nine interpretive galleries, each loaded with interactive displays that allow visitors to explore every aspect of the Titanic’s brief history,” reports Gizmag.

“To evoke a sense of scale for the ship, one wall is decorated with copper-colored sheet metal panels similar in size to the riveted plates that made up Titanic’s hull, and fans of fine woodwork will appreciate the efforts that went into creating an accurate, full-scale replica of the ship’s original red oak Grand Staircase.”

“A major challenge was the lack of complete drawings of the original staircase,” Kay Elliot project director, Mark Muir, explained to reporters.

“We developed a detailed 3D technical model based on photographs of the original staircase onboard Titanic’s sister ship Olympic – a job which involved painstaking detective work over several months so we could be as true to the design as possible.”

Titanic Belfast spokesman Alex McGreevy said of the vessel and the recently-opened museum: “Titanic has become a symbol that means many different things to many different people. She is romance, engineering, endeavour, disaster, celebration and commemoration. She is a global brand – as strong as Coca Cola.”

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