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Universal Reportedly Plans To Remake Jaws, Spielberg May Produce

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  1. Thomas Newton

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    "It Had To Be Said" Department:

    If they remake Jaws, will that mean that the franchise has finally jumped the shark?
     
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    They should start making this as soon as possible.
     
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    Does anyone think this is a particularly good idea?
     
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    The time has come for... Baby Jaws (doo doo doo-doo-doo-doo-doo).
     
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    Bollocks! This won’t happen.
     
  6. Bryan^H

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    As long as we have the original, I say bring it on.

    A lot of negativity being presented. I don't get it. With a great cast, and respectful treatment I'm sure most of you would be in theaters to see this. Probably day one. It would be a great summer blockbuster just as the original was, and originated the term.
    I'm not sure why this is such a taboo. especially if it has a blessing from Spielberg.
     
  7. Bryan^H

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    No thanks. Although very well written, I didn't care for the infidelity/bad blood angle save that for another thriller. I would like the redo envisioned from Spielberg's film
     
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    I forget who said it, but the sentiment was that remake bad movies that had potential but just weren’t executed well. I see no conceivable way you could improve upon the original.

    Yeah the shark used in the original didn’t look entirely real, but it never bothered me because you didn’t see it abundantly. You know as well as I do that in this day and age the mandate would be that the shark be shown a lot. And it would be a CGI shark that would look no more “real” than Bruce.

    The only halfway interesting thing a remake could do would be to make it more like the novel, but I doubt a more direct adaptation would work tremendously well on screen.

    the more unattractive truth is that Jaws by pretty much all accounts should have been a disaster. It was a production that get very lucky on many aspects, one of which was a perfect storm of writing and acting talent (a lot of it due to the shark not reliably working.
     
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    I dunno, I always felt the film could've used more long, loving descriptions of Sonny's dick, like the book had.

    Anyway, another creatively bankrupt, unneeded reboot. We'd be better off if they just did a massive rerelease of the original. It's not like they're going to improve on it, and CGI will likely look worse than practical effects from the 70s.
     
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    when I read the book, I always had an “ugh” reaction when it was a Johnny Fontaine chapter
     
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    I'm not sure about that. The Shallows had a pretty realistic looking Great White shark and it was not overused, IMO. A good share of the tension was not knowing where the shark might be at any given moment.
     
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    I did think the outcome of the shark looked fairly ridiculous though

    shallows was an “ok” movie but not blowing anyone’s mind.
     
  13. Malcolm R

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    Yes, the climax was a bit OTT. I'll give you that.
     
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    the challenge I have for anyone here is tell me how a Jaws remake can improve on the original in any aspect besides more modern VFX which arguably wouldn’t look much better than original.
     
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    No Lorraine Gary, for one. And a lot of the second-tier supporting actors would likely be an improvement, as well.
     
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    a little unclear here. Are you saying Gary was bad? I mean I guess she’s not Meryl and I know she was the wife of the head of Universal, but I never had any problem with her performance (Jaws: The Revenge, different story).
     
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    Yes. I'm never able to see her as "Ellen Brody." I always see Lorraine Gary "acting" with her fake smiles and odd, unconvincing delivery.
     
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    The lack of shots of the shark in the original is almost as famous as the theme so I think they would do that in a remake as well. I don't say that as a criticism because it will keep the CG shark from looking too fake.

    And since the sequels were mentioned, I have to say that I can't imagine a Jaws remake being any worse than the third or fourth movies. Hell, they'd have to try pretty hard to make a movie worse than either Jaws 3 or The Revenge.
     
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    I doubt very much Universal would give the OK for a new version of 'JAWS' if it wasn't an entirely well thought out project with very talented people linked to it. I think it would be closer to the Coen brothers adaptation of "True Grit" which took nothing from the original film, but added another fine film along side it.
     
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    the cynic in me says otherwise. And I’ll say it again, and maybe some would give me the “Ok Boomer” response, but I see no way you could hope to make a better movie than the original. That should be the goal of any remake, to find a way to improve upon the original. To quote Hooper, this [not even knowing for sure] attempt is 100-1. This should not be attempted.
     

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