We say it often here, and we’ll say it again: most rumors aren’t worth even reading, let alone covering. But when a rumor has any kind of a backing or a solid inside source, and when it involves something one simply can’t ignore, then we shall bring it to your eyes.
Cinema Blend has word from a source that they have at Universal Pictures that the studio is “strongly” considering the possibility of remaking Steven Spielberg‘s classic 1975 Great White shark movie, Jaws, and bathing it in 3D for today’s audiences. The logic here is that everything is in 3D these days, and everything is being remade, so the smartest way for them to make a ton of money is to remake their classics with modern technologies. The same source even said that Universal was looking at actors like Tracy Morgan for the role of Hooper, once played by Richard Dreyfus.
If the very whisper of that paragraph doesn’t lead you break at least one thing in your general vicinity, than I would question your mental status as a movie fan.
There’s a select few classic films where even mentioning a proposed remake could set fans off on a violent rampage. Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Godfather, You Got Served — these are just a few. Another one would absolutely be Jaws, which is unquestionably one of the greatest movies ever made.
Again, this is a full-on rumor, and with all the luck in the world, it will stay just that forever and ever. But because it’s Jaws, and because of how little respect Hollywood has for its classics these days, you can’t help but swallow hard knowing this is by no means an impossible future occurrence.
Even if they DID remake Jaws, the very LEAST they could do is actually try. Give me someone like Paul Giamatti in the role of Hooper — maybe Harrison Ford as Brody and Clint Eastwood as Quint. Then I may be interested enough to see what you do. Bring us Jaws 3-D (Yes…Again) with Morgan as Hooper, Matt Damon as Chief, and Queen Latifah as Quint, then you will likely have some major backlash to deal with.