We could have had a 'Goth-rassic' Park
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg was informally promised the director's chair from Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton before the book was even published. They met while working on what would eventually be the primetime NBC show ER and hit it off. Yet publishers still instituted a bidding war, and directors like Tim Burton, Richard Donner, and James Cameron were all in contention. A week after the sale, Steven Spielberg got the gig.