What If?: James Cameron's 'Jurassic Park'

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Long before "Avatar" changed the way we see movies with its mind-blowing 3-D CGI, there was another film that revolutionized the world of Hollywood special effects: Steven Spielberg's 1993 smash "Jurassic Park."

So it only makes sense that Cameron revealed in an interview with the Huffington Post that he once tried to secure the rights to "Jurassic Park" himself. The surprising part? How glad he is that he failed.

"I tried to buy the book rights and he beat me to it by a few hours," Cameron said. "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," Cameron added. "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."

Nasty alien dinosaurs? No offense, James, but we're pretty glad Spielberg ended up making "Jurassic Park" as well. And hey, it all worked out in the end. After all, since he didn't get the rights to "Jurassic Park," Cameron had to settle for his second choice — a little movie called "Titanic."

Pretty cool.