Jaws reboot

Just this week we learned that DreamWorks would not be renewing their deal with Disney when it expires in 2016. And in anticipation of the contract expiring, Steven Spielberg has been in talks with Universal to become the new home to the filmmaker’s production company.

Since this deal was revealed, there’s been a lot of chatter about Universal wanting to reboot Spielberg’s original blockbuster Jaws and the time traveling franchise that he produced, Back to the Future. But these assumptions are being blown out of proportion, and as of now, there’s no real indication that either the studio or Spielberg have any plans to touch those properties.

Find out what we won’t be seeing a Back to the Future or Jaws reboot anytime soon below!

First of all, let’s see the source of all this reboot hoopla. When THR reported on the new DreamWorks deal forming at Universal, this throwaway line got some people in a tizzy:

“[Spielberg] also is key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises such as ‘Jaws’ and ‘Back to the Future.’”

By no means does that indicate that there’s been any substantial discussion about rebooting either of those classics. But some have already ran with the possibility of them getting rebooted and people are getting worked up for no reason.

First of all, you might recall that earlier this year that director Robert Zemeckis was asked whether he would consider allowing a Back to the Future remake to happen, and his response was:

“Oh, God no. That can’t happen until both Bob and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it.

I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?”

So we can scratch that off the list, at least until the director and writer of the franchise are dead and buried. Their passing is sad enough on its own, but knowing that their death will allow for a Back to the Future remake makes it that much more tragic.

But what about Jaws? Well, let’s not forget that Universal already put together three sequels (Jaws 2, Jaws 3D and Jaws: The Revenge) to follow Spielberg’s original thriller, and the director wanted nothing to do with them. Therefore, unless some kind of mind-blowing script comes along, it would stand to reason that Spielberg has no interest in touching the film that  skyrocketed his career back in 1975.

Honestly, Zemeckis’ analogy about remaking Citizen Kane applies to the idea of remaking/rebooting Jaws too. The film just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and after experiencing the movie in theaters again, it just solidified its reputation in my mind as a perfect film. So if Spielberg, Universal or anyone ever decides to remake Jaws, it will be a fool’s errand to say the least.

Plus, let’s not forget that Warner Bros. Pictures is already working on another killer shark movie called Meg, with Eli Roth at the helm. And Sony also has their aquatic thriller In the Deep with Louis Leterrier in the works as well. Surely Universal throwing a Jaws remake into the mix would be too. But at the same time, the studio would already have a leg up with a recognizable title and plenty of curiosity to boost it. We just hope they do the right thing and don’t craft any plans to go back in the water.

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