Stephen Spielberg isn’t completely against remakes. His drama “Always”, released in 1989, is a remake of the 1943 film “A Guy Named Joe”. Now he’s spending his time working on the upcoming adaptation of the musical “West Side Story”. This is a bold move, considering the original 1961 film is considered one of the greats, with eleven Academy Awards to show for it, including Best Picture and Best Director.
However, this famous filmmaker has to draw the line somewhere. When Universal proposed that Spielberg produce a remake of “Jaws”, he immediately shot them down. Jaws is a classic, and most, Spielberg himself included, believe it should be left alone. In this era of remakes and reboots, we need to remember that some movies should be left as they are.
Spielberg’s breakthrough film came out 46 years ago, but it is still loved and enjoyed by many. It’s still considered one of the most important films in Hollywood history. Jaws was a blockbuster, being the highest-grossing title when it was released, and it forever changed the way the film industry treated theatrical releases.
Despite Jaws’s success, the three sequels that followed weren’t the hits that the original was. And no matter what unique or modern spin you could put on Jaws, no reboot could ever live up to the original classic. So any attempt to reboot it would likely be no more than a useless cash grab. As far as the shark attack subgenre goes, there are plenty of other titles out there for shark lovers to enjoy. There’s The Shallows, The Reef, Open Water, 47 Meters Down, and The Meg, just to name a few. There are also several more in production and development, so there’s no need to touch a classic like Jaws in order to keep the subgenre alive.