When Steven Spielberg directed Jaws, a movie based on the novel of the same name by Peter Benchley, he launched himself onto the world stage. It’s hard to believe it now, but Jaws was really the first summer blockbuster. At the time back in 1975 it went on to become the biggest movie in box office history .It was only beaten by Star Wars when it released in 1977.
Of course Spielberg went one way and the Jaws franchise went another. Each passing Jaws sequel became more and more cliched until by the time Jaws 4: The Revenge hit cinemas, it was a joke of a series.
But it could have been so different had Universal Studios actually listened to what Spielberg wanted to do.
Talking on the Shoot This Now podcast, host Tim Molloy spoke about Spielberg’s plans for a Jaws 2 that wasn’t to be:
“Originally, they came to him about a sequel for Jaws, and he said, ‘I’ll do it if it’s about the Indianapolis,’ and they said, ‘no’, and he said,’no.’ So that’s how they parted ways at that point.”
Molloy goes on to explain that Spielberg wanted this to be a prequel about the real life tragedy of the USS Indianapolis. If you’ll remember Quint made a famous speech about it in Jaws, which explained his obsession with sharks. It would have made sense as a Jaws prequel to follow Quint as a lead character throughout the story.
It’s certainly something most Jaws fans would love to see done properly as an actual Jaws film. As a fanatic myself and a shark lover I have talked about this on Jaws fan forums for years, little did I know how close this was to becoming a reality. Such a shame.
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SOURCE: Shoot This Now (Via Cinemablend)