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C'mon Hollywood: Are you afraid to get back in the water with Jaws?

May. 7, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Steven Spielberg and Peter Benchley have pretty much ruined the experience of swimming in the ocean for me, a fear which is perpetuated every year with Shark Week and/or Googling shark attack. JAWS is widely regarded as the “father of the summer blockbuster” and is firmly embedded in popular culture, especially the haunting theme by John Williams and iconic movie poster. It launched Spielberg’s career (after a very troubled production), sold millions of books, and put the fear of being eaten alive in the mindset of beachgoers everywhere.

The film is regarded as a classic and is constantly revisited and examined in documentaries, celebrations, and home video releases that continue to cement the film in the next generation’s awareness. There were three sequels to JAWS, each of them sinking lower to the ocean floor in quality. Arguably, the second film, released in 1978, is the most consistent with the first, but the last two are nearly unrecognizable in terms of execution. JAWS 3D was one of the first “gimmick” films, playing up the use of the old school 3D, famously showing the shark crash through a glass window underwater, which was kind of epic for 1983.  Then, there was 1987’s JAWS: THE REVENGE, one of the most asinine low budget sequels ever produced for an established property.

The JAWS franchise stuck primarily to the Brody family as the protagonists fighting against the shark. Roy Scheider portrayed Chief Brody in the first and second films, with Dennis Quaid playing his grown son, Michael, in the third, and then Lance Guest stepping into the role for the fourth. Ultimately, the Brody’s have been the “cursed” family fighting off the offspring of the first shark through four films, which can make for a good argument to never go to the beach again. Ever. And, so it seems, Hollywood has done just that for the franchise.

According to BACK TO THE FUTURE: PART 2 we should be watching JAWS 19 by 2015, but at the rate they’re going there’s quite a bit of catching up to do. So, the question is, can Hollywood return to the JAWS franchise or is it unapproachable? Would fans revolt or rejoice? And if they were to entertain the notion, how would they approach it? Reboot, reimagining, or something entirely new?

JAWS-like shark films have been turned into a joke throughout the years, especially with the low-rent creature features commonly shown on the Syfy channel, like DINO SHARK, MEGA SHARK VS. CROCOSAURUS, and of course MALIBU SHARK ATTACK. It’s hard to take the “menace” of a shark attack seriously when movies like that are floating around out there.

There have been a few serious, if not cheeky, attempts to capture the terror of a great white people eater, with Renny Harlin’s DEEP BLUE SEA, OPEN WATER, SHARK NIGHT, and a few others. Mostly, though, the shark attack films that have followed in the wake of the first JAWS have failed to capture the spirit, terror, and mythical motifs of the story, instead opting for gore-inspired shock and hollow characters that serve as bait more so than protagonists to root for.

So, is it too late for a JAWS revival? Is the 1975 film the gold standard that can never be replicated? I don’t think so. In fact, I think that there’s plenty of room to carry on the franchise in a way that pays homage to the original concept and carries it in a new direction. How can it be done? Well, that’s a loaded question and one that would require a lot of thought and careful consideration.

Here’s a few ideas to chew on (all puns in this article are intended, by the way):

  • Continue the Brody family legacy: Keep it in the family in terms of who is fighting the shark. With Chief Brody’s surviving son, Michael, being an oceanographer, it would be a smooth transition to have him training his son/daughter in the field, haunted by the great white curse, potentially preparing his own kids to battle another threat
  • Take a look at the shark’s origin: We know almost nothing about the shark. It’s more of a metaphoric threat than an actual one. Where does it come from? Why does it hunger for humans? What does it want? Is it just an aimless killing machine or is it really targeting specific people? There’s a lot of room for exploration there.
  • It’s about fear, not gore and effects: The tendency is to make a gimmicky spectacle out of a shark attack film, but the thing that made the original JAWS so great was the anxiety, fear, and mythical/literary allure of the story. It’s a man vs. nature story at its best, not underwater gore porn in 3D with really snazzy special effects.

I’m sure there are plenty of other ideas out there that would fit the mold. However, it’s been 26 years since that familiar haunting theme has been heard anew and while I regard the original film as a classic, I’d still like to see the story continue and get a sequel that can match the tone of the original, a feat not yet accomplished.

What do you think? Could JAWS swim again?

Extra Tidbit: What do you think is the best non-Jaws shark movie?
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10:48AM on 05/09/2013

This is a joke right?

Um......no. Absolutely not. Leave Jaws alone. That movie is perfect, everything came into place in way that can never be reproduced.
Um......no. Absolutely not. Leave Jaws alone. That movie is perfect, everything came into place in way that can never be reproduced.
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8:48AM on 05/08/2013
How about a good Megalodon movie instead?
How about a good Megalodon movie instead?
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7:10AM on 05/08/2013

I don't get this article at all...

A "C'mon Hollywood" is supposed to be pushing them in a direction. Like "C'mon, do.....". So...you're saying to make Jaws 5? Considering the turdpiles that were Jaws3D and Jaws4, I don't see why 5 should even be considered. And a remake would be seen as an even worse idea.

As to the idea of looking into the motivations behind the shark, I had to re-read that to see if you were joking. It's a shark. Most articulately described in the original Jaws: "All it does is swim and eat and make
A "C'mon Hollywood" is supposed to be pushing them in a direction. Like "C'mon, do.....". So...you're saying to make Jaws 5? Considering the turdpiles that were Jaws3D and Jaws4, I don't see why 5 should even be considered. And a remake would be seen as an even worse idea.

As to the idea of looking into the motivations behind the shark, I had to re-read that to see if you were joking. It's a shark. Most articulately described in the original Jaws: "All it does is swim and eat and make little sharks".
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9:55PM on 05/07/2013
If Hollywood (or some independent producer) wanted to revisit Jaws, they will have to go back to basics. The reason the first film works is because the characters and situations are still within the realm of possibly, and the characters are relatable. It is similar to the Die Hard series, where - even though there were fantastic action sequences - the first film gave us a character in John McClane who was scared, bled, and still make wisecracks to get himself through the situation; he was
If Hollywood (or some independent producer) wanted to revisit Jaws, they will have to go back to basics. The reason the first film works is because the characters and situations are still within the realm of possibly, and the characters are relatable. It is similar to the Die Hard series, where - even though there were fantastic action sequences - the first film gave us a character in John McClane who was scared, bled, and still make wisecracks to get himself through the situation; he was relatable. That 'relatable-ness' changed with the sequels as McClane became more of a superhero than an average Joe who happened to be a cop that won't quit.

Any revisitation to Jaws can ignore 3 & 4 (as another poster pointed out) and maybe try to get why the shark (or sharks) attack that particular area of Amity; but, they have to give us characters and a story we care about. Obviously, it would boil down to the producer, writer, and director...and performers.

Now, I want to see Deep Blue Sea again. (That was a fun film, and Safrron Burrows - and her accent - were sexy).
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9:34PM on 05/07/2013
The James Bond villain? Sure why not., the shark? NO!
The James Bond villain? Sure why not., the shark? NO!
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9:23PM on 05/07/2013
Any shark movie is and will be compared to Jaws, the same way any film involving exorcism is held against The Exorcist, or any other dinosaurs stacked against Jurassic Park. Lightning was captured in such a specific bottle that it's nearly impossible to top that.
Any shark movie is and will be compared to Jaws, the same way any film involving exorcism is held against The Exorcist, or any other dinosaurs stacked against Jurassic Park. Lightning was captured in such a specific bottle that it's nearly impossible to top that.
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8:48PM on 05/07/2013
It would be interesting if they worked it right without any CGI. I'm tired of this sudden urge for sequels rather than original ideas out of Hollywood. But after visiting Universal Stuios Orlando at the old Amityville park I was kind of struck with an idea for a sequel I never really flushed out. What if Amityville became shuttered after the first sequel. Economy tanked, people ran out of town due to the shark attacks but the remaining disallusioned people still act as though it's always
It would be interesting if they worked it right without any CGI. I'm tired of this sudden urge for sequels rather than original ideas out of Hollywood. But after visiting Universal Stuios Orlando at the old Amityville park I was kind of struck with an idea for a sequel I never really flushed out. What if Amityville became shuttered after the first sequel. Economy tanked, people ran out of town due to the shark attacks but the remaining disallusioned people still act as though it's always Memorial day weekend. This wouldn't be discovered until third act during an oceanagraphers research on a new shark attacking a new beach community. No Brody curse, no origin story just a slight reworking but still continues the fear of the original film.
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8:08PM on 05/07/2013
It would be interesting if they worked it right without any CGI. I'm tired of this sudden urge for sequels rather than original ideas out of Hollywood. But after visiting Universal Stuios Orlando at the old Amityville park I was kind of struck with an idea for a sequel I never really flushed out. What if Amityville became shuttered after the first sequel. Economy tanked, people ran out of town due to the shark attacks but the remaining disallusioned people still act as though it's always
It would be interesting if they worked it right without any CGI. I'm tired of this sudden urge for sequels rather than original ideas out of Hollywood. But after visiting Universal Stuios Orlando at the old Amityville park I was kind of struck with an idea for a sequel I never really flushed out. What if Amityville became shuttered after the first sequel. Economy tanked, people ran out of town due to the shark attacks but the remaining disallusioned people still act as though it's always Memorial day weekend. This wouldn't be discovered until third act during an oceanagraphers research on a new shark attacking a new beach community. No Brody curse, no origin story just a slight reworking but still continues the fear of the original film.
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8:02PM on 05/07/2013

no.

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7:28PM on 05/07/2013

No. Just no.

There are a few series where I pretend the sequels do not exist. Jaws is one of those. The first film is classic and should remained untouched. However, I'm all for the man vs. nature type movies that Jaws has somewhat inspired. Take movies like The Edge (Bear), The Grey (wolves), or even Anaconda (snake). Sure, the connection is very loose, but I feel like they are all distant relatives of the same family. I'd be all for more of those types of movies.
There are a few series where I pretend the sequels do not exist. Jaws is one of those. The first film is classic and should remained untouched. However, I'm all for the man vs. nature type movies that Jaws has somewhat inspired. Take movies like The Edge (Bear), The Grey (wolves), or even Anaconda (snake). Sure, the connection is very loose, but I feel like they are all distant relatives of the same family. I'd be all for more of those types of movies.
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6:22PM on 05/07/2013

you kidding me?

This is the most ridiculous article. Almost as bad as Speed 2. Jaws was a classic film as a one off. It will be horrible looking using CGI if they were to remake it. I think Hollywood needs to move towards more original stories and leave classics alone.
This is the most ridiculous article. Almost as bad as Speed 2. Jaws was a classic film as a one off. It will be horrible looking using CGI if they were to remake it. I think Hollywood needs to move towards more original stories and leave classics alone.
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5:53PM on 05/07/2013

This would be hard to pull off but I would be down for a remake

First off, continuing the BRODY curse is a stupid ass idea. That was what made Jaws 4 so asinine. I think a remake actually makes more sense but it I think it would be hard to get a good director to take it on. Jaws is a great book. Retell the iconic story using modern effects and cast a new actor to be Sheriff Brody. I think Greg Mclean would be a good choice to direct. His "Rogue" is spot on in how to handle this genre.
First off, continuing the BRODY curse is a stupid ass idea. That was what made Jaws 4 so asinine. I think a remake actually makes more sense but it I think it would be hard to get a good director to take it on. Jaws is a great book. Retell the iconic story using modern effects and cast a new actor to be Sheriff Brody. I think Greg Mclean would be a good choice to direct. His "Rogue" is spot on in how to handle this genre.
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5:45PM on 05/07/2013

No

Dont Touch The Classics...

That is all
Dont Touch The Classics...

That is all
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5:18PM on 05/07/2013

I don't need a plumber. You're that clever shark, aren't you?

There is only one sequel to Jaws worth watching...

...considered the cleverest of all sharks. Unlike the great white, which tends to inhabit the waters of harbors and recreational beach areas, the Land Shark may strike at any place, any time. It is capable of disguising its voice, and generally preys on young, single women.
There is only one sequel to Jaws worth watching...

...considered the cleverest of all sharks. Unlike the great white, which tends to inhabit the waters of harbors and recreational beach areas, the Land Shark may strike at any place, any time. It is capable of disguising its voice, and generally preys on young, single women.
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5:10PM on 05/07/2013

Heres the only way I can see revisiting this works

No reboot, and kind of like superman returns did in that it was a sequel to superman 2, make this a sequel to jaws 2 and lets pretend 3 and 4 didn't happen, and dont make it these sharks are after the brodys, but for some reason these great whites are attracted to Amity, and Michael is trying to figure out why as theres a massive shark in the area or something
No reboot, and kind of like superman returns did in that it was a sequel to superman 2, make this a sequel to jaws 2 and lets pretend 3 and 4 didn't happen, and dont make it these sharks are after the brodys, but for some reason these great whites are attracted to Amity, and Michael is trying to figure out why as theres a massive shark in the area or something
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3:21PM on 05/07/2013
I really admire your enthusiasm but this cannot work on any level. Your idea of Michael as oceanographer is already a dead end in todays world because he would have to save the shark instead of killing it and we know more about sharks today than back in the 70s.
I don't think animal lovers would like to see a movie where a shark is scud-missled by a Drone (even if its CGi) because we're "too sensitive" about such cruelty to animals on film and it doesn't help that sharks are becoming an
I really admire your enthusiasm but this cannot work on any level. Your idea of Michael as oceanographer is already a dead end in todays world because he would have to save the shark instead of killing it and we know more about sharks today than back in the 70s.
I don't think animal lovers would like to see a movie where a shark is scud-missled by a Drone (even if its CGi) because we're "too sensitive" about such cruelty to animals on film and it doesn't help that sharks are becoming an endangered species. Also why would Michael's kid follow his dad's career knowing full well of the "curse"? I think he'd rather be an X-games motorcross athlete instead, and i can't picture the shark ramping after him on a dirt-race track.
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2:55PM on 05/07/2013

No Need To Go Back For A Bigger Boat

Let Jaws rest peacefully in the "Classics Not To Be Remade" vault. Along with the likes of The Godfather, Alien and Porkys(kidding). I love a good shark tale. "Meg" was an awesome book and could be a great movie if done right and not botched with crappy CG.
Let Jaws rest peacefully in the "Classics Not To Be Remade" vault. Along with the likes of The Godfather, Alien and Porkys(kidding). I love a good shark tale. "Meg" was an awesome book and could be a great movie if done right and not botched with crappy CG.
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1:51PM on 05/07/2013

No Need To Go Back For A Bigger Boat

Let Jaws rest peacefully in the "Classics Not To Be Remade" vault. Along with the likes of The Godfather, Alien and Porkys(kidding). I love a good shark tale. "Meg" was an awesome book and could be a great movie if done right and not botched with crappy CG.
Let Jaws rest peacefully in the "Classics Not To Be Remade" vault. Along with the likes of The Godfather, Alien and Porkys(kidding). I love a good shark tale. "Meg" was an awesome book and could be a great movie if done right and not botched with crappy CG.
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1:37PM on 05/07/2013
I'm not entirely against shark movies. But I don't see why we need them, either. Jaws is a bona fide classic. It's like a right of passage for movie fans, along with Psycho and The Godfather. And despite some of the problems during production, it's still damn scary. Some people here think a closer adaptation of Benchley's novel would be a good idea. I haven't read it myself, but maybe. Shark movies though are notoriously difficult to pull off, and much of that has to do with living in the
I'm not entirely against shark movies. But I don't see why we need them, either. Jaws is a bona fide classic. It's like a right of passage for movie fans, along with Psycho and The Godfather. And despite some of the problems during production, it's still damn scary. Some people here think a closer adaptation of Benchley's novel would be a good idea. I haven't read it myself, but maybe. Shark movies though are notoriously difficult to pull off, and much of that has to do with living in the shadow of Jaws. Plus, there's just so many ways a shark can be menacing. Aside from eating you, what can it do? Enter Deep Blue Sea with super-sharks, but that's at best a guilty pleasure.

You want a shark attack that pulls at the heart strings, watch the Aussie noir "The Square." It's not a big part of the movie, but it's just subtle enough to work.
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1:29PM on 05/07/2013

go IMAX

They should take the first one (maybe the first 2), do a remastering, and re-released them in IMAX...
To see it on theatre, no remakes, sequels or reboot, but THE ORIGINAL(s)... Now THAT I would pay for !!
They should take the first one (maybe the first 2), do a remastering, and re-released them in IMAX...
To see it on theatre, no remakes, sequels or reboot, but THE ORIGINAL(s)... Now THAT I would pay for !!
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1:28PM on 05/07/2013

Give me MEG!

Leave JAWS alone. The original is a timeless classic. It is one of the movies I can watch over and over again and not get tired of, ala ALIEN, and JC's The THING. Rather then revisit JAWS in any way, shape or form, why not take advantage of Steve Alten's MEG series? It has great potential. There are four novels in the series , plus a prequel novella and a fifth novel in the works. While the quality of the novels vary IMO (the 3rd being the weakest), each one is very entertaining and has more
Leave JAWS alone. The original is a timeless classic. It is one of the movies I can watch over and over again and not get tired of, ala ALIEN, and JC's The THING. Rather then revisit JAWS in any way, shape or form, why not take advantage of Steve Alten's MEG series? It has great potential. There are four novels in the series , plus a prequel novella and a fifth novel in the works. While the quality of the novels vary IMO (the 3rd being the weakest), each one is very entertaining and has more than enough material for a great film franchise if done correctly. Carcharadon carcharias (Great White Shark) is the ancestor of Carcharadon megalodon (MEG), so in a way...its a JAWS origin story too :)

Extra Tidbit: Deep Blue Sea....sadly :(
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1:47PM on 05/07/2013
With a little more thought...I might change my Extra Tidbit answer to Open Water 2: Adrift. If you dig shark movies, it def. has its moments.
With a little more thought...I might change my Extra Tidbit answer to Open Water 2: Adrift. If you dig shark movies, it def. has its moments.
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1:27PM on 05/07/2013

Origin story?

Seriously? An origin story about what? How the shark became the menacing monster he turned into? Will there be flashbacks to it's childhood when the other baby sharks used to pick on it in schools? Will we learn about how it's stepdad shark was a raging alcoholic or maybe something that tells us why it eats people? DID HE SEE PEOPLE SHOOT AND KILL HIS BABY SISTER??? CAll Rob Zombie... he'll be all over this.
Seriously? An origin story about what? How the shark became the menacing monster he turned into? Will there be flashbacks to it's childhood when the other baby sharks used to pick on it in schools? Will we learn about how it's stepdad shark was a raging alcoholic or maybe something that tells us why it eats people? DID HE SEE PEOPLE SHOOT AND KILL HIS BABY SISTER??? CAll Rob Zombie... he'll be all over this.
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2:46PM on 05/07/2013
lol, great minds think alike, look further down for my post.
lol, great minds think alike, look further down for my post.
1:15PM on 05/07/2013
Go watch the Sharkwater documentary and go SAVE sharks...
Go watch the Sharkwater documentary and go SAVE sharks...
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1:01PM on 05/07/2013
Jaws is classic slice of Americana that happens to be a shark movie. Oh and it has the greatest monologue in film history (possibly the greatest SCENE in film history). Unless a JAWS remake were a period piece, you'd loose the story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis. And if you had the remake be a period piece...what would be the point? It's not like Peter Jackson's King Kong where a remake could obviously do things the original could not.
It's not just that modern CGI wouldn't help the movie,
Jaws is classic slice of Americana that happens to be a shark movie. Oh and it has the greatest monologue in film history (possibly the greatest SCENE in film history). Unless a JAWS remake were a period piece, you'd loose the story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis. And if you had the remake be a period piece...what would be the point? It's not like Peter Jackson's King Kong where a remake could obviously do things the original could not.
It's not just that modern CGI wouldn't help the movie, but that you simply are not going to top JAWS in terms of small scale human drama of human vs. shark. Why even bother with a remake?

As for the idea of a sequel, the only way that might be worthwhile is if they went kind of over-the-top with it and had it about a megalodon. Make it a cross between The Poseidon Adventure and JAWS and I'd pay cash money to see a 100 foot megalodon sink a luxury cruise liner.
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12:45PM on 05/07/2013
Remember when they did that to 2011's The Thing? No thank you. Leave it alone.
Remember when they did that to 2011's The Thing? No thank you. Leave it alone.
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1:34PM on 05/07/2013
Which was actually a prequel. I did take issue with some of the CGI work and writing in the prequel, but I mostly enjoyed it. While being no JC's The THING, it was not the awful shit stain to the franchise that was Jaws 3 and 4.
Which was actually a prequel. I did take issue with some of the CGI work and writing in the prequel, but I mostly enjoyed it. While being no JC's The THING, it was not the awful shit stain to the franchise that was Jaws 3 and 4.
1:51PM on 05/07/2013
Its not a remake.
Its quite entertaining.
Have you actually seen the 2011 the thing?
Its not a remake.
Its quite entertaining.
Have you actually seen the 2011 the thing?
2:20PM on 05/07/2013
I loved 2011's the Thing.
I loved 2011's the Thing.
12:43PM on 05/07/2013

No Need To Go Back For A Bigger Boat

Let Jaws rest peacefully in the "Classics Not To Be Remade" vault. Along with the likes of The Godfather, Alien and Porkys(kidding). I love a good shark tale. "Meg" was an awesome book and could be a great movie if done right and not botched with crappy CG.
Let Jaws rest peacefully in the "Classics Not To Be Remade" vault. Along with the likes of The Godfather, Alien and Porkys(kidding). I love a good shark tale. "Meg" was an awesome book and could be a great movie if done right and not botched with crappy CG.
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12:18PM on 05/07/2013
Jaws is the true king of the summer blockbuster and always will be, I'd be alright with a remake though, not like it would ruin the original for me if it ended up being a stinker.
Jaws is the true king of the summer blockbuster and always will be, I'd be alright with a remake though, not like it would ruin the original for me if it ended up being a stinker.
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12:07PM on 05/07/2013
Deep Blue Sea was good fun and a nod to Jaws and I think it can be done again. I needs to be done without the over use of CG and take things back to the original with suspense and without the gore. Jaws was damn scary then and still is today.
Deep Blue Sea was good fun and a nod to Jaws and I think it can be done again. I needs to be done without the over use of CG and take things back to the original with suspense and without the gore. Jaws was damn scary then and still is today.
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11:34AM on 05/07/2013
I can in all honesty do withouth another Jaws movie. I was born far too late to ever see Jaws in theatres, but have watched it countless times on TV, Video, DVD, etc. I don't think it really needs to be revisited, the first movie could be subject to a remake, only if they keep the intent of the original in tact (i.e. creating fear and anxiety) instead of upping the SFX to have more kills and gore throughout the film. And the only thing they could really do differently in a remake is just
I can in all honesty do withouth another Jaws movie. I was born far too late to ever see Jaws in theatres, but have watched it countless times on TV, Video, DVD, etc. I don't think it really needs to be revisited, the first movie could be subject to a remake, only if they keep the intent of the original in tact (i.e. creating fear and anxiety) instead of upping the SFX to have more kills and gore throughout the film. And the only thing they could really do differently in a remake is just putting more focus on the implications of the shark attack on the beach town, more so than the original.

That being said, if they chose to make another Jaws movie. Instead of going the remake route, another sequel could be cool too. I think they should revisit the same town as the original, it's now 30+ years later and everything is completely fine in the town. Sure enough, another shark attack happens and our heroes turn to the Brody family or Richard Dreyfuss for help on how to get rid of the shark.
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11:33AM on 05/07/2013

This is one that needs to be left alone

The first one still holds up every well so there's no reason to reboot, and the ideas to continue? Come on Michael Brody training his kids to fight a shark threat?? Cheesy. A shark origin story? What are we gonna do have a narration? I can here Morgan freeman now, "and after the boat killed his mother, the shark sworn revenge on all humans" no thanks.
The first one still holds up every well so there's no reason to reboot, and the ideas to continue? Come on Michael Brody training his kids to fight a shark threat?? Cheesy. A shark origin story? What are we gonna do have a narration? I can here Morgan freeman now, "and after the boat killed his mother, the shark sworn revenge on all humans" no thanks.
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11:29AM on 05/07/2013
I really thought Deep Blue Sea was the best shark film since Jaws.
I really thought Deep Blue Sea was the best shark film since Jaws.
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1:12PM on 05/07/2013
The saddest part about this is how true it is.
The saddest part about this is how true it is.
1:18PM on 05/07/2013
hahahahahahahaha Sam Jackson was eaten by a shark. hahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahaha Sam Jackson was eaten by a shark. hahahahahahahahahaha
2:18PM on 05/07/2013
Dude, that was such an epic oh shit moment.
Dude, that was such an epic oh shit moment.
5:07PM on 05/07/2013
yea it was, best WTF moment in a movie ive seen, gives this huge hero speech then BAM! shark eats him, lol awesome
yea it was, best WTF moment in a movie ive seen, gives this huge hero speech then BAM! shark eats him, lol awesome
11:26AM on 05/07/2013

Often imitated, never truly duplicated

Jaws truly is a once in a lifetime movie. All the stars aligned to make a perfect movie when all signs pointed to trouble and disappointment. The magic could never be continued in the 3 sequels. Hollywood can continue to make other shark movies, but the original Jaws will never be touched.
Jaws truly is a once in a lifetime movie. All the stars aligned to make a perfect movie when all signs pointed to trouble and disappointment. The magic could never be continued in the 3 sequels. Hollywood can continue to make other shark movies, but the original Jaws will never be touched.
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11:22AM on 05/07/2013
for what it's worth Bait wasn't too bad
for what it's worth Bait wasn't too bad
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11:15AM on 05/07/2013
No thank you. The cow has already been milked to death. I'd rather see someone do that adaptation of that giant shark novel "Meg" I believe it was called.
No thank you. The cow has already been milked to death. I'd rather see someone do that adaptation of that giant shark novel "Meg" I believe it was called.
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12:53AM on 05/08/2013
Would love to see a MEG film finally being made. Wasn't Del Toro attached to direct the project at one point?
Would love to see a MEG film finally being made. Wasn't Del Toro attached to direct the project at one point?
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11:07AM on 05/07/2013

Many ideas

First, it is 99% likely that another Jaws movie would never rise to a parallel quality to the original. So, with that in mind, start fresh with Jaws. No ties to the Brody family. No Amity Beach. I hate the reboot term, but essentially this is how it would need to be, in my own opinion.

However, why does it have to be Jaws? I remember reading Corona Coming Attractions back in the day and hearing about a movie based on Steve Alten's book MEG. To me, this could be the spiritual successor to
First, it is 99% likely that another Jaws movie would never rise to a parallel quality to the original. So, with that in mind, start fresh with Jaws. No ties to the Brody family. No Amity Beach. I hate the reboot term, but essentially this is how it would need to be, in my own opinion.

However, why does it have to be Jaws? I remember reading Corona Coming Attractions back in the day and hearing about a movie based on Steve Alten's book MEG. To me, this could be the spiritual successor to Jaws, without having to use the name. I read the book back in college and always thought that it could be the next, truly terrifying shark thriller.

I understand that it's not Jaws and, if we get technical, it's not a great white shark. But do we really need a Jaws 5? I would say start fresh with that novel as the basis, much like Spielberg did with Benchley's novel in the 70's.
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11:07AM on 05/07/2013
Sure we'll make Bruce Begins.... A shark origin story? Wow...
Sure we'll make Bruce Begins.... A shark origin story? Wow...
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11:06AM on 05/07/2013
NO.
NO.
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11:06AM on 05/07/2013
"what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

"what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

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11:04AM on 05/07/2013

Stay true to the novel

How about a reboot, but actually follow the plot of the book. Include the affair with Brody's wife, the mobster controlling the mayor, etc. The book is pretty damn awesome, so you could reboot the franchise, use the same characters, have a new story on film, and stay true to the novel. sounds like a success to me.
How about a reboot, but actually follow the plot of the book. Include the affair with Brody's wife, the mobster controlling the mayor, etc. The book is pretty damn awesome, so you could reboot the franchise, use the same characters, have a new story on film, and stay true to the novel. sounds like a success to me.
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11:04AM on 05/07/2013
NO
NO
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11:02AM on 05/07/2013
Have the Jaws origin story done like March of the Penguins narrated by David Attenborough
Have the Jaws origin story done like March of the Penguins narrated by David Attenborough
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11:00AM on 05/07/2013
Jaws worked because it was Spielberg, John Williams, John Milius and a lot of other talented people in the prime of their creative careers coming together to make something timeless, unique, and special. Its just a good freaking movie.

Leave it the fuck alone. Pay tribute to it by making something NEW. See what JJ Abrams did with Super 8? I love it, but even if you don't...he was at least TRYING folks. In thirty years time, what elementally iconic monster movie will be remembered as a
Jaws worked because it was Spielberg, John Williams, John Milius and a lot of other talented people in the prime of their creative careers coming together to make something timeless, unique, and special. Its just a good freaking movie.

Leave it the fuck alone. Pay tribute to it by making something NEW. See what JJ Abrams did with Super 8? I love it, but even if you don't...he was at least TRYING folks. In thirty years time, what elementally iconic monster movie will be remembered as a classic of the 2010s?
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10:47AM on 05/07/2013

Shark Origin story

I for one would like to see an origin story on the shark. Why not, the idea is so dumb it writes itself. Why did the shark want to eat people? What caused it to crave flesh? Get Rob Zombie behind this, give the shark a white trash family with a stripper wife (played by Sherri Moon Zombie in a shark costume), where do I buy my ticket?

After the Jaws origin story, maybe we can get the origins of the Lawyer from Jurassic Park.
I for one would like to see an origin story on the shark. Why not, the idea is so dumb it writes itself. Why did the shark want to eat people? What caused it to crave flesh? Get Rob Zombie behind this, give the shark a white trash family with a stripper wife (played by Sherri Moon Zombie in a shark costume), where do I buy my ticket?

After the Jaws origin story, maybe we can get the origins of the Lawyer from Jurassic Park.
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10:52AM on 05/07/2013
You win.
You win.
10:45AM on 05/07/2013
Hollywood should not hesitate to make killer shark movies. A shark is scary and powerful. It belongs as a movie monster just as much as bears, wolves, and demented humans do. Sharks are a real-life threat. However, I disagree somewhat with your suggestions for the next great white shark movie. Like Netforce, I agree that the Brody family saga is done. Plausibility dictates that, maybe, the Brody story is done. With Jaws: The Revenge, "This time, it's personal" became a joke tagline and a joke
Hollywood should not hesitate to make killer shark movies. A shark is scary and powerful. It belongs as a movie monster just as much as bears, wolves, and demented humans do. Sharks are a real-life threat. However, I disagree somewhat with your suggestions for the next great white shark movie. Like Netforce, I agree that the Brody family saga is done. Plausibility dictates that, maybe, the Brody story is done. With Jaws: The Revenge, "This time, it's personal" became a joke tagline and a joke concept. Sharks are too simple to have revenge on their minds. They are partially scary for being so stupid and without reason. Also, the next Jaws movie should avoid using the Jaws name. It will have too much to live up to. A Jaws 6 would seem to be cynically exploiting the franchise's good name. Finally, I am unsure that exploring the shark's origin necessarily works. Perhaps, the killer shark should remain as mysterious as it was in the first film. No one knows how the damn beast got so damn big. The audience does not always get a good look at the monster. Etc.
I agree very much that the next great shark film needs to be as smart as the first. The audience needs to care about the characters and their potential deaths (most horror films could up the horror by making us sympathize more with potential victims). The next film needs to show us kills and thirlls that we have never seen in previous aquatic horror films. The film needs to seem as realistic as the original Jaws or Silence of the Lambs or The Exorcist. Those classics haunted people because they presented situations that audience members could and would encounter (e.g. swimming in opaque water). Jaws 6 needs to seem very plausible. And, it should get made.
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10:44AM on 05/07/2013

why not

Remake/reboot the godfather and taxi driver whilst we are at it!!!

Paul Shirley should be ashamed of himself.
Remake/reboot the godfather and taxi driver whilst we are at it!!!

Paul Shirley should be ashamed of himself.
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11:01AM on 05/07/2013
I'm gonna sleep like a baby tonight.
I'm gonna sleep like a baby tonight.
11:54AM on 05/07/2013
You are a fool sir.
You are a fool sir.
3:27PM on 05/07/2013
lmao
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10:43AM on 05/07/2013

thin ice

Jaws is a classic, but a lot of it is due to Spielberg and the way the film was paced/shot. A contemporary remake/reboot today would obviously be met with a lot of negative feedback right from the get go (obvious cash grab, another reboot, no original ideas, etc). I'm not gonna say that a remake/continuation is impossible to do well, but it would be extremely difficult, especially without getting a big named person behind the film. The only way I can think a reboot of the original would be
Jaws is a classic, but a lot of it is due to Spielberg and the way the film was paced/shot. A contemporary remake/reboot today would obviously be met with a lot of negative feedback right from the get go (obvious cash grab, another reboot, no original ideas, etc). I'm not gonna say that a remake/continuation is impossible to do well, but it would be extremely difficult, especially without getting a big named person behind the film. The only way I can think a reboot of the original would be successful is if you got a HUGE named director (Spielberg) behind the camera, a sequel would be hard just cause of all the horror/suspense films that followed Jaws, there's not a whole lot of fear behind a shark in the water now a days.

Simple solution, don't wanna get eaten by a shark? Move to Kansas or Nebraska.

I'd say leave the franchise alone, some things just don't measure up to today's average filmgoer, but chances are we'll be seeing a remake sometime in the near future. Why? Because it's a franchise name that'll make $$$. Here's hopin that I'll be wrong.
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10:42AM on 05/07/2013
While I would be very much against a Jaws remake, I would love to see a nice big monster movie that takes its monster seriously and provides us with a good story and characters we can root for and want to see survive. It's a salient point that's been made in the article that all recent shark movies (or monster flicks on the whole, really) seem to be churned out by the Asylum and intended as nothing more than Z-grade shlock. I'd love to go see a movie like Jaws or Jurassic Park again. I'm hoping
While I would be very much against a Jaws remake, I would love to see a nice big monster movie that takes its monster seriously and provides us with a good story and characters we can root for and want to see survive. It's a salient point that's been made in the article that all recent shark movies (or monster flicks on the whole, really) seem to be churned out by the Asylum and intended as nothing more than Z-grade shlock. I'd love to go see a movie like Jaws or Jurassic Park again. I'm hoping Pacific Rim will provide at least some of that, and that the Godzilla reboot takes this approach. Re extra tidbit: Deep Blue Sea. Silly? Yes. Bad CG work? Yes. But entertaining? Very much so. And the animatronic sharks did look pretty realistic and that bit where the shark went for Stellan Skarsgard's arm really made me jump.
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10:41AM on 05/07/2013

is this a joke?

Is this article a joke? Why would we revive/reboot jaws...its a classic!! it should be "cmon hollywood! stop with the fucking reboots!"
"take a look at the sharks origin" !!?? what!!?? we don't need a shark origin story!!
Is this article a joke? Why would we revive/reboot jaws...its a classic!! it should be "cmon hollywood! stop with the fucking reboots!"
"take a look at the sharks origin" !!?? what!!?? we don't need a shark origin story!!
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10:37AM on 05/07/2013
The best non-jaws-non-shark movie would be Predator. It follows the same storytelling format as the original JAWS. Creature kills it's prey- one by one, but unseen until the final climax. I've always compared the two films and firmly believe it's one of the best storytelling formats for any monster-screenplay. Of which I hope to follow when I make a creature/horror film.

Also, for the sake of being on topic with the tidbit, I would say: Shark Attack 3 [link]
The best non-jaws-non-shark movie would be Predator. It follows the same storytelling format as the original JAWS. Creature kills it's prey- one by one, but unseen until the final climax. I've always compared the two films and firmly believe it's one of the best storytelling formats for any monster-screenplay. Of which I hope to follow when I make a creature/horror film.

Also, for the sake of being on topic with the tidbit, I would say: Shark Attack 3 [link]
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10:26AM on 05/07/2013
I think the best way is start fresh. All 4 Jaws movie are about The Brody family so we'll leave it at that. Supposing there's a new Jaws movie, start with a new family in a new town that might follow similar guideline of the first Jaws movie. Extra tidbit: Deep Blue Sea.
I think the best way is start fresh. All 4 Jaws movie are about The Brody family so we'll leave it at that. Supposing there's a new Jaws movie, start with a new family in a new town that might follow similar guideline of the first Jaws movie. Extra tidbit: Deep Blue Sea.
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