Steven Spielberg is adamantly opposed to resurrecting the Jaws franchise. This detail was revealed in a Deadline piece regarding Spielberg’s recently announced relationship with Netflix to produce films through his production firm Amblin Partners. According to Deadline, Universal approached Spielberg about reviving his 1975 masterpiece, with Spielberg producing. He, on the other hand, dismissed the notion.
Jaws confront the people of summer resort town Amity Island against a great white shark terrorizing their beachgoers and destroying their livelihood, based on Peter Benchley’s renowned 1974 horror/thriller novel. The film was a critical and economic success, establishing the formula for current summer blockbusters and propelling Spielberg to A-list fame. It was followed by three sequels, none of which came close to surpassing the success of the first film.
According to Deadline’s sources at Universal and Amblin, Spielberg’s reluctance in remaking Jaws is well-known and was not the subject of a “recent” conversation. Despite this, the director continues to work on other properties that he has helped establish throughout the years. He is most known for continuing to make additional Jurassic Park/World films, including the forthcoming Jurassic World: Dominion. Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum will all reprise their roles from Steven Spielberg’s first Jurassic Park film from 1993.
Indiana Jones, starring Harrison Ford as the legendary globe-trotting archaeologist, is one of the numerous blockbuster concepts Spielberg has launched over his career. After directing the first four Indiana Jones films, Spielberg passed the baton to James Mangold (Logan, Ford v. Ferrari) for Indiana Jones 5, although remained engaged as an executive producer. Ford will reprise his beloved role for the final time in the film, which is said to be about Nazi scientists and the 1960s spacerace between the United States and the Soviet Union.
This year’s West Side Story, a rough recreation of the Oscar-winning 1961 musical reported to hew closer to the original Broadway stage play, will see Spielberg return behind the camera. The film was supposed to be released in December 2020, however, it was postponed a year due to the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) and the future Shazam! star are among the cast members. Rachel Zegler co-stars in Fury of the Gods as Tony and Maria, two star-crossed lovers from different gangs in 1950s New York.