Jaws Won't Get the Reboot Treatment Anytime Soon

Jaws remains one of the most beloved thriller films of all time, setting the bar for future movies about sharks (and wildlife), reminding viewers that making creature features can be more practical than Godzilla or King Kong.

The first Jaws, by renowned director Steven Speilberg, was crafted on a mere $9 million, eventually earning nearly $500 million in the box office, not to mention all of the sales/rental profits it's garnered over the years. The summertime film of 1975 ended up spawning various sequels within the Jaws world; however, Speilberg stayed out of any other Jaws title, leaving his massive influence on the genre with one film.

The official poster for Jaws. Credit: Universal Pictures.
The official poster for Jaws. Credit: Universal Pictures.

Over the years, the director has expressed his hopes to leave the film untouched, without the desire to alter any of the work – feeling that the film is perfect enough as-is. Most filmmakers look back on their work with a little hope to make a change or two, but that confidence that comes from Speilberg is still very much alive. In a new article over at Deadline, the publication discussed his potential deal with Netflix, and it appears that his opinion has remained the same.

The article explains, "One area the director will not revisit is Jaws. Deadline heard recently that Universal broached the subject to reboot Spielberg's breakout classic, with Spielberg producing, and the answer was a firm no. Some at Universal and Amblin said this was already known and not a recent conversation. Whatever, while Jaws sequels fell far short of Spielberg's original, some films should just be left alone and appreciated in their original form."

While I can understand why people enjoy seeing their favorite films re-done to accommodate new industry enhancements, there are certain properties that don't need to be touched or corrected. Do you agree with Speilberg that returning to Jaws is generally a bad idea, or do you want to see another take on the killer shark film?

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About Aedan Juvet

A self proclaimed pop-culture aficionado with a passion for all forms of storytelling. Aside from sharing my written opinions, I can be likely found watching everything horror, anime or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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