If this is true, then Universal Pictures, however colossal in size and success, just doesn’t get it. Jaws is arguably one of the greatest thriller films of all time, right up there with Psycho, but there’s a rumor floating around that the company is “strongly considering a remake of the summer blockbuster in hopes of dazzling younger audiences with new special effects.” According to an unconfirmed source from Cinema Blend inside Universal, upcoming Cop Out star Tracy Morgan was being considered to reprise Richard Dreyfuss’ signature role of Matt Hooper. Possibly a more comical approach to the film we know and love? What a shame. In any case, it seems Avatar may have struck a chord with this 3D business.
You may (but probably don’t) remember Universal’s initial pathetic attempt at a 3D version of the film, Jaws 3-D in 1983. You would have thought they’d stop at the incongruous Jaws 2, or even the 3D monstrosity, but no. They took it up a notch, and in 1987, released Jaws: The Revenge. Hilarious, I know. If Universal were to cast Jim Carrey for the role of Martin Brody, and maybe rename the 3D remake Jaws: The Musical, I wouldn’t be surprised. What’s wrong with the film industry? First the Creature from the Black Lagoon remake, then The Thing prequel, now this? The only recent remake I’m rather looking forward to is The Wolfman. By the way, did you know there was a Jaws videogame? How ridiculous.