Eccentric Billionaire Wants to Clone a Dinosaur for a Real 'Jurassic Park'

Eccentric Billionaire Wants to Clone a Dinosaur for a Real 'Jurassic Park'

Aug 02, 2012

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, whose estimated $8 billion fortune comes from investments in various natural resources companies, made headlines a few weeks ago when he released more details of his plan to build the Titanic II, which he promised would be, "every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st century technology." But tempting one notorious fate just wasn't enough for Palmer. Now he allegedly wants to follow in the doomed footsteps of Jurassic Park.

The Australian site Sunshine Coast Daily [via Movieline] has been in the loop on a vast resort Palmer is planning on building for a while now, and their most recent report has people from inside the billionaire's camp saying he's been in deep negotiations with the team that famously cloned Dolly the sheep to clone a dinosaur that he can then set free in his resort. Sounds like a foolproof idea.

Of course, Palmer has neither confirmed nor denied that he wants to become a real world John Hammond, but considering his audacious Titanic II plans are indeed very real, we'd hardly put it past him. And we can't really blame him, either. If he's only ever seen Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, the Hammond he knows lives. If he's read Michael Crichton's book, though, he'd know it does not end quite so well for the man who dared resurrect the dead.

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