20. James Cameron Almost Directed Jurassic ParkThe late Michael Crichton made almost as big an impact in the medium of film as he did in literature. The Andromeda Strain was the first of many film adaptations of the authors works way back in 1971, and Crichton himself wrote and directed several cinema releases, starting with Westworld in 1973. And it was Westworld, in which malfunctioning androids turn a Western-themed amusement park into a perilous shooting range, which served as the inspiration for another theme park gone bad when Crichton released Jurassic Park in 1990. A film adaptation was inevitable even before the books release, but Steven Spielberg wasnt the only heavyweight director in the frame. James Cameron was one of several filmmakers who tried to secure the rights to bring Jurassic Park to the big screen, only to be pipped to the post by a matter of hours. However, Cameron himself was ultimately relieved that his own Aliens with dinosaurs take never came to pass and praised Spielbergs family-friendly effort:
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.