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New DreamWorks home could lead to Jaws and Back To The Future reboots

09.02.2015

There's a lot of inside baseball going around within the movie industry today as Steven Spielberg goes shopping for a new distribution deal for DreamWorks before his current one with Disney comes to an end in August 2016. (THE BFG will be the last picture under their current arrangement, seeing release on July 1, 2016). 

Universal seems to be the likely choice for a new partnership, settling in as the consensus with those in the know for a number of reasons. Spielberg has maintained his offices at Universal, even as DreamWorks films have been distributed via Paramount and then Disney. There's also the strong relationship he already has there as an executive producer on the JURASSIC PARK series, only bolstered by the exceptional box office performance of JURASSIC WORLD. Spielberg has a tendency to be very hands-on with the projects his name is attached to, and so Universal would make a lot of sense, given JURASSIC WORLD 2 is in the plans and all the theme park ideas that are most certainly in the works as a result.

And while that all may sound fine and good, and there are a number of other financial incentives why Universal would make a good home for DreamWorks in the near future, there is one finer point from The Hollywood Reporter's breakdown of Spielberg's negotiations that are sure to raise a number of red flags and set off some blaring alarms.

"He also is key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises such as JAWS and BACK TO THE FUTURE."

Uh oh.

Now I don't want to send everyone into a panic thinking that the sky is falling... but that is not an encouraging sentence, not by any means. The fact that "potential reboots," "JAWS," and "BACK TO THE FUTURE" even share the same sentence is troubling enough. But could Universal have designs on cranking up the reboot machine for their own past successful properties in the hopes of generating new revenue for titles that otherwise aren't going to do anything else except future anniversaries?

I know we like to think that some things are held sacred in Hollywood. We romanticize the art that means a great deal to us. But let's face it... If a major Hollywood studio could show some sort of growth and create fresh avenues for cash by going back to a classic well, they'd do it in a heartbeat. That's the business part of show business. 

That doesn't mean something like this is a sure thing or that it is definitely something that'll be going down anytime soon. However, the inclusion of this idea in what we're talking about means someone has definitely had more than a passing conversation about it in the past... and if the stars aligned the right way, this could be something the trigger was pulled on.

I know it's not the answer you want to hear, but consider this... If a JAWS or a BACK TO THE FUTURE redo was going to happen, wouldn't you want Spielberg somehow involved in guiding it than not? There's your question for the day.

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9:52AM on 09/03/2015

No.

Don't you fucking dare...
Don't you fucking dare...
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9:49AM on 09/03/2015
This is a misleading, almost click bate-y headline. It's like when the latest batch of mundane, uninteresting Hillary Clinton emails were released, there was an email in there mentioning that someone robbed a bank in Virginia wearing a H.C. mask. One news outlet reported it as "What's Hillary Clinton's connection to a bank robbery in Virginia?!" Come on, guys.

As for the real news, It's obvious Universal wants to exploit the shit out of those properties, so they'll court Spielberg in the
This is a misleading, almost click bate-y headline. It's like when the latest batch of mundane, uninteresting Hillary Clinton emails were released, there was an email in there mentioning that someone robbed a bank in Virginia wearing a H.C. mask. One news outlet reported it as "What's Hillary Clinton's connection to a bank robbery in Virginia?!" Come on, guys.

As for the real news, It's obvious Universal wants to exploit the shit out of those properties, so they'll court Spielberg in the hopes of doing so. It's not like it's a given that if Dreamworks sets up shop at Universal this will come to fruition.
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8:40AM on 09/03/2015

I can see it now..

"Jaws of Steel". It takes place after the second film and ignores the continuity of the third and fourth.
"Jaws of Steel". It takes place after the second film and ignores the continuity of the third and fourth.
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8:35AM on 09/03/2015
But a Back To The Future reboot tho? Screw dat shit.
Even if they do make another one, I want Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, Mary Steenburgen, and Elisabeth Shue all return to reprise their role. Make the movie about Jules and Verne traveling to different dimensions and stuff, like a sci-fi Dude Where's My Car or something. Just leave the originals alone.
But a Back To The Future reboot tho? Screw dat shit.
Even if they do make another one, I want Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, Mary Steenburgen, and Elisabeth Shue all return to reprise their role. Make the movie about Jules and Verne traveling to different dimensions and stuff, like a sci-fi Dude Where's My Car or something. Just leave the originals alone.
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8:26AM on 09/03/2015
And I'm just sitting here chuckling at the possibility of watching a Michael Bay directed JAWS in the future.
"Chief Brody, the shark has your son."
"Dammit. Hooper! Shit just got real."
And I'm just sitting here chuckling at the possibility of watching a Michael Bay directed JAWS in the future.
"Chief Brody, the shark has your son."
"Dammit. Hooper! Shit just got real."
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8:25AM on 09/03/2015
I have no idea if Spielberg would be interested in directing a new Jaws movie, but if you wanted to relaunch the franchise properly that would be a smart move, then you could let other directors handle the inferior sequels.
Back to the Future - probably best left alone unless Zemeckis and co had a story they wanted to tell, but it's such a great trilogy as it is - why screw with that? Universal could make a time-travel comedy if they wanted, without relying on BTTF. WIthout Zemeckis'
I have no idea if Spielberg would be interested in directing a new Jaws movie, but if you wanted to relaunch the franchise properly that would be a smart move, then you could let other directors handle the inferior sequels.
Back to the Future - probably best left alone unless Zemeckis and co had a story they wanted to tell, but it's such a great trilogy as it is - why screw with that? Universal could make a time-travel comedy if they wanted, without relying on BTTF. WIthout Zemeckis' involvement, though, that's pretty much all they can do.
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11:16PM on 09/02/2015
In the decades to come will my kid have any original franchises to enjoy?
In the decades to come will my kid have any original franchises to enjoy?
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1:13AM on 09/03/2015
Hunger Games?
Hunger Games?
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11:08PM on 09/02/2015
Hell fucking NO! Stay AWAY from Jaws and Back to the Future.
Hell fucking NO! Stay AWAY from Jaws and Back to the Future.
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10:46PM on 09/02/2015

Here's the thing…

Spielberg was hired by Universal to direct a film based upon a property that Universal owned… Therefore whether Spielberg wants one or not is not up to him. Universal could remake, redo, rerelease, reboot and even make JAWS 5 if they want because THEY own the proprerty and all rights with it that were agreed upon in the original deal with Peter Benchley and his publisher.
Back to the Future is a different story. It's an original screenplay that was sold to Universal who made it into a movie.
Spielberg was hired by Universal to direct a film based upon a property that Universal owned… Therefore whether Spielberg wants one or not is not up to him. Universal could remake, redo, rerelease, reboot and even make JAWS 5 if they want because THEY own the proprerty and all rights with it that were agreed upon in the original deal with Peter Benchley and his publisher.
Back to the Future is a different story. It's an original screenplay that was sold to Universal who made it into a movie. So, at the time, Universal owed it and could do anything they wanted with the property. However, after the success of the first movie, the studio naturally wanted a sequel. In order to get this done they had to please the key people involved. A new contract was developed for the creation of this sequel (s), one that prohibited the Studio (who still owns the property btw) from making any additional films or media without permission from the writers (Gale and Zemeckis ). Why would they allow that? Because BTTF was the highest grossing film that year for the studio, they had the original team (and the much in demand MJF) AND…they would be getting 2 movies instead of just one sequel out of the deal! Back to back shooting on a Single budget hadn't been attempted in a very long time plus they would have 2 big movies for release that year! Finally, and the icing on the cake, Gale and Zemeckis would agree to develop a BTTF themed attraction for their parks! Who cares if the studio ever did another BTTF!!! So basically, the high demand of Gale and Zemeckis and their influence they had over the cast (with 1 exception) allowed them to make whatever deal they wanted… So no BTTF in any type of form unless key people agree (i.e. BTTF Taletell Game and Cartoon) or pass on (if the agreement really states some form of "while I'm still alive" wording)

Would I want either??
if the story's good… Sure. Why the hell not?
If it's a reconstruction of elements from the orginal like say…Poltergeist did, then no.
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9:50PM on 09/02/2015

Nope

I really don't care if they remake JAWs, its a great memory but it is not timeless to me like the Back to the Future films. You can't remake any of them and be even close to the original. I would rather they Original Trilogy them and re-release them with updated special effects, even shoot new scenes with the original actors. (They did it for Tron Legacy right?). They could even 3D it for the kids that like that crap. But no one, I mean no one can remake BTTF and make it good.
I really don't care if they remake JAWs, its a great memory but it is not timeless to me like the Back to the Future films. You can't remake any of them and be even close to the original. I would rather they Original Trilogy them and re-release them with updated special effects, even shoot new scenes with the original actors. (They did it for Tron Legacy right?). They could even 3D it for the kids that like that crap. But no one, I mean no one can remake BTTF and make it good.
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9:22PM on 09/02/2015

Nope

Someone will get kicked right square in the nuts if they reboot Back to the Future!
Someone will get kicked right square in the nuts if they reboot Back to the Future!
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9:01PM on 09/02/2015
Why not just re-release the original into the theaters with a wide release?

Then you don't have to spend any production dollars at all.
Why not just re-release the original into the theaters with a wide release?

Then you don't have to spend any production dollars at all.
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7:34PM on 09/02/2015
Jaws reboot could be good if done right. BUT STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM BTTF!
Jaws reboot could be good if done right. BUT STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM BTTF!
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7:31PM on 09/02/2015
First of all, I prefer a decent reboot that any kind of remake. Anyway, reboots can be great or terrible, but my problem is when the reboot try so much to connect everything with a movie made 30 or 40 years ago. I loved both Abraham's Star Trek and never see any other ST movie. I really liked Jurassic World and the new Planet of the apes, and I also like the originals a lot. But those are movies that you can see without even knowing the originals. Even with the homages JW can be seen for anyone
First of all, I prefer a decent reboot that any kind of remake. Anyway, reboots can be great or terrible, but my problem is when the reboot try so much to connect everything with a movie made 30 or 40 years ago. I loved both Abraham's Star Trek and never see any other ST movie. I really liked Jurassic World and the new Planet of the apes, and I also like the originals a lot. But those are movies that you can see without even knowing the originals. Even with the homages JW can be seen for anyone who don´t even now Jurassic Park. But my problem is with reboots/sequels like Terminator 5 or the infamous Superman returns, where they try to connect a lot of things unnecessarily. After all I want to see a new take, not a big story that never ends.
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9:12PM on 09/02/2015
JURASSIC WORLD wasn't a reboot. And "A new take" applies more to a remakes than reboots.
JURASSIC WORLD wasn't a reboot. And "A new take" applies more to a remakes than reboots.
10:25PM on 09/02/2015
a reboot doesnt need to be a different continuity. It just needs to have a new production team (director, writer, cast, etc) i would even call Fury Road a reboot even though its a sequel with the same director. It has a new cast and new design team thus making it a reboot/sequel
a reboot doesnt need to be a different continuity. It just needs to have a new production team (director, writer, cast, etc) i would even call Fury Road a reboot even though its a sequel with the same director. It has a new cast and new design team thus making it a reboot/sequel
4:44PM on 09/03/2015
A reboot does mean a different continuity, regardless of the cast and crew. If the cast is the same but the crew is different (or vice-versa), is it a reboot? No. If both the cast and the crew are different... it depends on whether the movie adresses previous installments and whether the visual style is completely different. Look at 007. CASINO ROYALE is a reboot, despite having the same director of GOLDENEYE. Also, Judi Dench is both the Brosnan and the Craig movies. With MAD MAX it's
A reboot does mean a different continuity, regardless of the cast and crew. If the cast is the same but the crew is different (or vice-versa), is it a reboot? No. If both the cast and the crew are different... it depends on whether the movie adresses previous installments and whether the visual style is completely different. Look at 007. CASINO ROYALE is a reboot, despite having the same director of GOLDENEYE. Also, Judi Dench is both the Brosnan and the Craig movies. With MAD MAX it's confusing because George Miller said there's no real continuity between ANY of the movies.
6:49PM on 09/03/2015
Vits...... There always some bellend trying to correct someone's saying or phrase, the wrong interpretation. He's mad e a good point and you're a typical a-hole who probably sat in the corner at school correcting people being laughed at and with very few friends. Grow up, fuck off and get a life
Vits...... There always some bellend trying to correct someone's saying or phrase, the wrong interpretation. He's mad e a good point and you're a typical a-hole who probably sat in the corner at school correcting people being laughed at and with very few friends. Grow up, fuck off and get a life
7:11PM on 09/03/2015
Whoa! Calm down! I'm not trying to pick a fight. I looked up the definition of "Reboot" and wrote it here.
Whoa! Calm down! I'm not trying to pick a fight. I looked up the definition of "Reboot" and wrote it here.
7:29PM on 09/02/2015

umm

The fact that Spielberg would be 'key' if those films were to be rebooted (what the article actually says) is obvious and does not mean he's actively pursuing the idea. Zemeckis and Gale have final say on BTTF reboots. They've made it pretty clear that it's not happening while they're alive.

As for Jaws... go ahead. As long as it's not a pure remake then why not? It's not like it's a sacred series of films. They've made 3 bad ones already.
The fact that Spielberg would be 'key' if those films were to be rebooted (what the article actually says) is obvious and does not mean he's actively pursuing the idea. Zemeckis and Gale have final say on BTTF reboots. They've made it pretty clear that it's not happening while they're alive.

As for Jaws... go ahead. As long as it's not a pure remake then why not? It's not like it's a sacred series of films. They've made 3 bad ones already.
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7:02PM on 09/02/2015
I could see a reboot for Jaws working. Its just a shark movie, they dont have to remake it, just have another film about a shark terrorizing a resort town. It could work. I mean, Brody and Quint are great characters, but putting them in a film with a bear wouldnt be Jaws. Having a shark attack a town without Brody or Quint would still be a Jaws movie.

unlike Back to the Future. Those films were character based. You can not do a Back to the Future movie with out Doc Brown or Marty. It just
I could see a reboot for Jaws working. Its just a shark movie, they dont have to remake it, just have another film about a shark terrorizing a resort town. It could work. I mean, Brody and Quint are great characters, but putting them in a film with a bear wouldnt be Jaws. Having a shark attack a town without Brody or Quint would still be a Jaws movie.

unlike Back to the Future. Those films were character based. You can not do a Back to the Future movie with out Doc Brown or Marty. It just wouldnt work. rebooting that franchise would mean recasting those characters and that is a no-no. Those character go to that story, thats it.

So while i think a Jaws reboot could be good, a Back to the Future reboot i am against
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6:29PM on 09/02/2015
Potential reboots. Heck, any film can have a potential reboot. This is wishful thinking on the parts of the studio suits, I'm sure. I doubt Spielberg would actually agree with rebooting either of those.
Potential reboots. Heck, any film can have a potential reboot. This is wishful thinking on the parts of the studio suits, I'm sure. I doubt Spielberg would actually agree with rebooting either of those.
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6:13PM on 09/02/2015
when will movie critics/buffs realize that reboots are an integral part of the industry, and no feature is immune to that proposition. its a movie business, a movie industry. these reboots make money. if you dont like it, dont watch it! a reboot isnt a replacement.
when will movie critics/buffs realize that reboots are an integral part of the industry, and no feature is immune to that proposition. its a movie business, a movie industry. these reboots make money. if you dont like it, dont watch it! a reboot isnt a replacement.
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7:03PM on 09/02/2015
yeah reboots suck. Just like Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, and Batman Begins.

why make Batman Begins when Batman vs Robin was good enough
yeah reboots suck. Just like Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, and Batman Begins.

why make Batman Begins when Batman vs Robin was good enough
2:31AM on 09/03/2015
There are movies worth remaking. There are movies that aren't. Did you watch the Poltergeist remake this year? I didn't. And from what I heard, I didn't need to. That's not to say you can't do a new Shakespeare, Dracula, or Batman. Because each inherently must stand on its own. And each is based on pre-existing material. Someone could faithfully adapt Peter Benchley's novel. But recycling properties, just to make a buck, we tend to frown on that when the originals are still holding strong. We
There are movies worth remaking. There are movies that aren't. Did you watch the Poltergeist remake this year? I didn't. And from what I heard, I didn't need to. That's not to say you can't do a new Shakespeare, Dracula, or Batman. Because each inherently must stand on its own. And each is based on pre-existing material. Someone could faithfully adapt Peter Benchley's novel. But recycling properties, just to make a buck, we tend to frown on that when the originals are still holding strong. We make exceptions fro movies like The Magnificent Seven and Assault on Precinct 13, because they aren't carbon-copies.
5:52PM on 09/02/2015

No.

Jaws is a perfect film and needs no other film to represent it. This is dumb, my brain hurts now.
Jaws is a perfect film and needs no other film to represent it. This is dumb, my brain hurts now.
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5:44PM on 09/02/2015
nothing can replace either movies lets face it jaws is a product of its time and filming misfortune, that's what made it work. back to the future however, could be rebooted not remade in a similar fashon as star trek given the time travel aspect, changing the future or past if done right I would be more than open to it
nothing can replace either movies lets face it jaws is a product of its time and filming misfortune, that's what made it work. back to the future however, could be rebooted not remade in a similar fashon as star trek given the time travel aspect, changing the future or past if done right I would be more than open to it
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5:36PM on 09/02/2015
I don't think Steven would do that to his friend Bob. I just don't. That's if what Zemeckis previously said still holds true. As for Jaws... okay, if it happens, IF, then yeah, Spielberg should be involved. But when was the last time someone made a good horror movie about sharks? I mean really?
I don't think Steven would do that to his friend Bob. I just don't. That's if what Zemeckis previously said still holds true. As for Jaws... okay, if it happens, IF, then yeah, Spielberg should be involved. But when was the last time someone made a good horror movie about sharks? I mean really?
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4:45PM on 09/02/2015
I agree that BTTF and Jaws are classics and I certainly wouldn't want a remake of BTTF but I am game for more Shark movie, let's be fair Jaws was great - the rest were shit. Open water is the last descent scary shark film and after all we're now looking at this sharknado shite. People seem to forget it was the nostalgia of things back then that made things special ie, dreaming of the impossible time travel and dinosaurs. JW hit it on the head when it said kids are not impressed anymore the age
I agree that BTTF and Jaws are classics and I certainly wouldn't want a remake of BTTF but I am game for more Shark movie, let's be fair Jaws was great - the rest were shit. Open water is the last descent scary shark film and after all we're now looking at this sharknado shite. People seem to forget it was the nostalgia of things back then that made things special ie, dreaming of the impossible time travel and dinosaurs. JW hit it on the head when it said kids are not impressed anymore the age of the Internet has to an extent ruined the imagination
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4:37PM on 09/02/2015
Didnt Zemeckis go on record saying this will never happen as he had a clause put in to his contract that it could never be rebooted and even when hes dead his estate will make sure it doesnt get done??
Didnt Zemeckis go on record saying this will never happen as he had a clause put in to his contract that it could never be rebooted and even when hes dead his estate will make sure it doesnt get done??
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4:27PM on 09/02/2015

"Over my dead body"

-Robert Zemeckis
-Robert Zemeckis
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4:10PM on 09/02/2015
If someone remakes Jaws I'm gonna start kicking in some fucking heads.
If someone remakes Jaws I'm gonna start kicking in some fucking heads.
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