Steven Spielberg has no plans to go back into the water, rejecting the opportunity to do a new Jaws movie.
With Amblin Partners signing a production deal with Netflix, it seems that anything is up for grabs. After all, this is quite the turnaround for Steven Spielberg who one renounced the streaming platform, demanding that it should be excised from the Oscars.
Spielberg seems to have softened on that line of thinking, but whatever the future may hold for Amblin’s relationship with Netflix, and other studios with which he has relationships such as Universal (where he has a production deal for theatrical releases), it won’t include a Jaws reboot.
Deadline is reporting that Universal approached Spielberg about returning to the franchise – largely credited with birthing the ‘blockbuster’ era of cinema that we live in today – with the idea of a reboot of the Jaws property. Spielberg reportedly declined. This is not particularly surprising. With Spielberg bowing out of the upcoming return to the Indiana Jones franchise, and even his refusal to fill Ready Player One‘s easter egg-laden environments with references to his own works, the filmmaker seems increasingly reluctant to return to former projects.
None of Spielberg’s films have ever been rebooted, so whilst this news isn’t particularly surprising, it’s good to know the director is still protective of his legacy. As for what Amblin’s slate with Universal will look like, beyond 2022’s Jurassic World: Dominion, we’ll have to wait and see.
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