Jaws is one of those movies that spawned a few sequels that never came close to being as good as the original no matter how hard they tried. Very few people would ever dream of rebooting the franchise at this point, though plenty of shark movies have attempted to repeat the success of Jaws, always without success. In a recent interview with WSJ, Kevin Smith, who can afford to smoke the GOOD stuff, was asked if he believed we would ever see a reboot. Not only did he answer but he had a pretty insane idea of where the reboot could go. Oh, Kevin, you never cease to amaze me.
Smith has always been outspoken when it comes to his love of Steven Spielberg, and why not? Spielberg is one of the most prolific, iconic directors of our time and if you ever hear anyone claim that they can’t stand any of his work, you know that they are lying. He’s kind of like The Beatles of movies – you may not love every single project that he has undertaken but chances are that you are a fan of at least of few of them. So, it is no surprise that Smith got ridiculously excited when the subject of a Jaws reboot was brought up.
[H]ow awesome would it be if Spielberg was like, “You know what, man? I want to go back to Amity Island one more time.” OH! F— you and take my money! People out there are like, “Smith should quit filmmaking.” You know how to get me to quit filmmaking? Steven Spielberg comes back and makes another “Jaws,” I will lay down my director cap, my beret, if you will. That’s a closed circle for me.
Oh, but Smith didn’t stop there. Perhaps it was his love of Jaws that kept him going or, more likely, perhaps he was sampling the Mr. Tusk strain that was named after his latest movie. Either way, the filmmaker continued to spew excitement for the idea.
You got me excited, dude. It doesn’t even exist, and like, wow, I’m fired up about a movie that may never happen, but there is a possibility. You gotta have hope. That’s what makes you go day to day. Never met the guy, but now I know what I want to talk to him about. “Please, do one more ‘Jaws.’” How amazing would that be? It’s not like he hasn’t sequelized before.
Alright, I can get behind another Spielberg-led Jaws flick, sure! It would have to be a pretty great, original idea, though. What story does Kevin believe is perfect for another go round with the great white shark?
You set it in the present, and you use a hurricane, and you flood the town. Then the shark is in the town. Not just in the water. Because, again, on the land you’re fine. But all that imagery from Hurricane Sandy, of houses underwater — add a great white shark. There’s your Jaws. Modern-day Jaws. Because then you gotta be on a rooftop. A shark could come into your house, dude.
I wonder if Smith realizes that he is basically recapping the story told in 2013’s Bait 3D. Yes, Bait took place in a supermarket but if you expand on that story, you would have Kevin Smith’s idea of Jaws.
In case you are wondering, Smith has no intention of giving us a new shark movie, so kill that thought where it stands! No, instead he is planning on giving us Moose Jaws, i.e. Jaws but with a moose. I know that some people are rolling their eyes right now but words cannot express the giddiness I experienced simply by typing “Moose Jaws”. Moose Jaws. Moose Jaws. Nope, doesn’t get old! For his part, Smith is clear about how close his Moose Jaws (hee hee) will be to the real thing.
As close as I can get without being sued, of course, by Universal
Kevin Smith is a director that polarizes audiences with almost each and every one of his films. I actually enjoy almost all of his movies and feel that Dogma and Red State were both important movies for the same reasons. Moose Jaws probably won’t be a cautionary tale of skewed beliefs and will probably keep up the trend of polarization but I know I am ready to give Kevin some more of my money to see this movie on the big screen.
Jaws is hands down one of the best horror movies ever made. The movie was able to scare generations of audiences and changed the way that most of us look at the ocean. I am not saying that Shark Week wouldn’t exist without Jaws but…In addition to being a great horror flick, the Spielberg-directed movie is a great movie PERIOD. If the scene in which Quint tells the story of the USS Indianapolis doesn’t give you chills every time you see it, you may be a cyborg. Chances are that we have some time before we see anyone even attempt to reboot the franchise but, in the meanwhile, we all have Moose Jaws to look forward to. Moose Jaws.
Do you think that Jaws should be left alone or are you ready for another visit to Amity Island? If you’re ready for another visit, do you think any director besides Spielberg should jump on board? Am I the only one who’s excited for Moose Jaws?