Directed by Steven Spielberg
Almost directed by Tim Burton
Author Michael Crichton wanted an adaptation of his dino tale Jurassic Park to look nothing like Hammer Films’ 1960’s low budget cavewoman fave One Million Years B.C. and eventually put his trust in director Steven Spielberg — who wanted to make the movie with full-scale, realistic dinosaurs. The project was a hot commodity, and before Spielberg won the rights, one of four serious contenders waiting in the wings was Tim Burton — who had just finished wrapping up his Nightmare Before Christmas. It seems like a bizarre matchup, but given that the quirky, gothically inclined filmmaker wanted to make a Beetlejuice sequel set in Hawaii, we believe it.