Steven Spielberg turned down a Jaws reboot

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Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

Jaws director Steven Spielberg turned down the opportunity to reboot the film for modern audiences, Deadline has stated.

As part of a breakdown of the filmmaker's recent deal with Netflix, which will see his production company Amblin Partners team with the streaming service to develop "multiple new feature films per year" going forward, the publication reported that Universal had previously approached Spielberg about revisiting the 1975 classic.

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

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The studio had reportedly hoped that he would produce the project, but was met with "a firm no." Upon hearing the resurfaced anecdote, Universal and Amblin insisted that this was already common knowledge within the industry, and that the conversation happened a while back.

Based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name, Jaws follows police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), as he recruits fisherman Quint (Robert Shaw) and oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) to help him hunt down a vicious shark that has been attacking beachgoers at resort town Amity Island.

Spielberg was not involved in any of its three sequels, but that's not to say he's against follow-ups in general – you have only to look at next year's release slate and clock Indiana Jones 5 and Jurassic World: Dominion to confirm that.

Photo credit: Jason Kempin / Universal Studios / NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jason Kempin / Universal Studios / NBC - Getty Images

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When the latest Jurassic Park continuation eventually comes out, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be seen on screen alongside Jake Johnson, Daniella Pineda, BD Wong, Justice Smith, Chris Pratt, and OG faves Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill.

Talking about how cool it is to bring back cast members old and new in the final chapter of the trilogy, Pratt told Ellen DeGeneres on her US chat show: "It feels kind of like [Avengers] Endgame. It's got pretty much everybody in it.

"Maybe I just blew it, but I don't care. It's going to feel very much like how Endgame brought everything together with Marvel."

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