Despite three separate sequels to Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws, each of them as bad as the next, it seems as though the interest from the studio for a fifth film in the franchise still exists.
It comes with the news that Steven Spielberg reportedly turned down a reboot of Jaws at Universal, revealing that his production company Amblin had previously discussed the idea with Universal, making it clear that the answer had always been “a firm no”. The iconic director, responsible for some of blockbuster cinema’s most memorable moments, from Jurassic Park to Indiana Jones, previously said in 2016 why he would never consider remaking any of his films. Discussing the matter in an interview, the director stated, “I would never remake one of my own movies — starting with Jaws — but there are Amblin titles in the library that could inspire new stories that were made popular by the films”.
Following his surprising new deal with Netflix that announces multiple original titles each year for the streaming service, Spielberg stated: “At Amblin, storytelling will forever be at the centre of everything we do, and from the minute Ted and I started discussing a partnership, it was abundantly clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell new stories together and reach audiences in new ways”.
Continuing, Spielberg added, “This new avenue for our films, alongside the stories we continue to tell with our longtime family at Universal and our other partners, will be incredibly fulfilling for me personally since we get to embark on it together with Ted, and I can’t wait to get started with him, Scott, and the entire Netflix team”.
Scott Stuber, Netflix’s Head of Global Film added, “Amblin and Steven Spielberg are synonymous with incredible entertainment. Their passion and artistry combine to make films that both captivate and challenge audiences”.
Here’s hoping for several new original projects, and no sign of ‘Jaws 5: The Final Bite’ anytime soon.