Recent reports regarding a remake of a “certain” film have sparked up a lot of buzzing around the world. The movie that has been making the rounds is the horror filled Jaws! Here are 7 reasons why Jaws should not have a remake made,
A Matter Of Luck
It is no surprise that Jaws was made long back. In fact, the movie reached its 45th anniversary since its release. In 1975, we did not have the technology, CGI and editing that we have now. The movie was made as an adaptation to a novel in the same name. It was not expected to be the huge hit it was. The budget of the movie was $12 million dollars and it got a turnover of $470 million dollars. The movie did well even though there was not much depth in the story or high morale. It is considered as a sheer luck and because of its infamous director Steven Spielberg. If the movie is remade, it is highly doubtful that it will create the same output that it created decades ago.
Seems To Butcher The Original
As I said earlier, the movie based on a novel of Peter Benchley which was published in 1974. So, the movie was decided to be made after it. Steven Spielberg was the director for the first movie. The movie did exceptionally well and when the sequel to the movie was announced it was said that Spielberg is not returning to the franchise nor Benchley who was the brains behind the story. Carl Gottlieb stuck through the franchise from the first film regardless of its revenue. The three movies that followed the first movie and the video games and comic books did not do justice to the original movie. So, if a remake was made it would just be an another fail to the original film.
Already In Bad Shape
After the first movie, the sequel also followed the same plot line and characters but with a few changes and it did not do well to its exception. The next two movies became a laughing stock to all because of its repetitive stories and characters and childish mistakes. The reception among the audience became lesser and lesser until no more movies were made in the franchise. There are rides inspired by the movies in amusement parks like Universal Studios and more. If a sequel was made just after the success after the first movie without much gap, a remake would certainly be not acceptable and loved by the audience. It is a whole new generation of people who have much more evolved taste in cinema. A white shark terrorising a family is not going to fly with them.
Same Story, Over and Over
In the first movie, we saw the Brody family fighting a white shark that turned up in the beach shore. In the second movie, the sons of Brody is stuck in the sea with the shark capturing them. In the third movie, a baby and mother shark turn up in an amusement park which is seen by one of the Brody brothers and kills them. The final movie was when the woman of the family kills the shark that was keen to take revenge on the Brody family and that is how the film franchise ended. From this, we can see that the film has repetitive story and the climax is predictable even before you go the movie. A remake would certainly be of the same story and if another story is used, it is not Jaws.
Not Up With The Trend
Movies that were made in the 70s and 80s were thought in a commercial point of view and the props were man-made as technical advancement and computer graphics were not available during those times. One of the main reasons for the success of Jaws is that instead of showing the fake white shark, the camera was used in the point of view of the shark which made it even more thriller and adventurous. There are so many movies made that have been shot in ocean with real sea creatures and in forests with the wildlife and even space. A white shark being the main character of a movie will not be appeasing to fans and it would seem like a letdown for the fans of Jaws.
Many New Ocean Thrillers
After Jaws, plenty of movies were made that have focused on the predatory nature of sharks and other sea creatures. Some movies have down well, while some have not. Not only sea creatures but other animals were also used as the main plot in the movies. One of the franchise that was very similar to Jaws is Piranha. Piranha movies were pretty much the same to Jaws. The first movie did amazingly well while the other sequel movies were not as good. A 3D approach was also taken in Piranha just as Jaws but it was of no use. Other movies that have used animals, mostly in CGI are Jurassic Park, Godzilla, King Kong etc. A thriller on animals is a never ending saga as the ocean is unknown and there are still many animals that we do not know. So, a thought of unknown and danger put together is the result of these movies.
Best To Be In Memory
The franchise have made over a $800 million dollars worldwide though it was rated badly. It is because the original movie was one of the highest praised movie and is considered as a classic thriller movie even to this day. A remake might do justice to the original or not but the possibility of the remake sabotaging the fame and popularity of the original movie is unacceptable and just wrong. After the movie, there was increase in fear among humans of sharks and other wildlife creatures which led to a lot of hunting. Benchley who wrote the novel felt responsible for it and spent his life promoting ocean conservation and animal prevention.
Though there has been rumours that Steven Spielberg is producing a remake of Jaws, it is not official and to my knowledge such remake will never happen at least by Spielberg. He foresaw all about the franchise and left right after the first movie which was a smart thing to do. If he didn’t do it in 1978, he would not do it in 2020 as well. Jaws are available in Amazon Prime for who wants to see the father of ocean thrillers.