The Original Jaws to Return in 3D?

If the Clash of the Titans remake did anything at all, it proved that 3D conversions ultimately do not work. Just because you can layer in some added depth to the onscreen image does not a 3D film make. Still, that’s not stopping Hollyweird from taking a few chances.

Beyond the break you’ll find some excerpts from an LA Times article concerning producer Richard D. Zanuck that does nothing except make our stomachs hurt.

“On JAWS,“ [Zanuck] “and his producing partner, David Brown, worked with a gifted young director, Spielberg, who had to sink or swim when the visual effects work that was supposed to deliver a terrifying shark was slow-going and clunky. There could have been blood in the water on the production but, instead, the director and producers looked for ways to hide the deficiencies with props, flipped (and flipper) perspectives and the sublimely scary theme by John Williams.”

“In desperation, we came up with so many good ideas — like the floating barrels, for instance, that were shown on the screen to suggest this shark beneath them, underwater — and we did it because we didn’t have the shark,” Zanuck said. “In the script, the shark is on Page 1 when the girl gets eaten. It became more terrorizing than anything we could have hoped for. If we had CG then we would have had the shark in every frame.”

Zanuck and Spielberg spoke a few years ago about going back to the original film with the digital paintbrush of CG effects to create a more horrific predator. They decided, for the time being, to leave the film alone, although Zanuck says he is intrigued by the notion of adding 3D effects to the 1976 classic for a theatrical re-release.

For our money the idea is mind-numbingly bad. For one thing adding the shark into every scene would completely destroy its magic and its menace, and besides — we all know how Jaws 3D turned out! Tell us what you think below.

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  • RingoJ

    Seems like a bad idea.

  • Rottenjesus

    Now if this was JAWS 3D being re-released in IMAX I’d be all over it but this is just a dumb idea.

    • Floydian Trip

      Jaws 3D sucked man. Unless you’re a dolphin fan. Dolphins are just gay sharks after all.

  • Floydian Trip

    1975 was a weak year for horror aside from Jaws eh? Unless Night of the Howling Beast is an awesome movie that I missed.

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    • Terminal

      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Floydian Trip

    Who gives a fuck at this point? I have the 30th Anniversary Edition and it’s not leaving my collection anytime soon.

  • Terminal

    Spielberg is one of my film heroes, but if he ever revisits Jaws with added scenes, implanted CGI, and forced 3D, he will officially be a motherfucking hack and will lose all of my respect.

    This idea is so goddamn ridiculous and I am not going to welcome this if it happens at all. No fucking way.

    You can’t perfect on perfection. Period. From a fan to a hero: Stop fucking up your shit and move on to original stuff you moron!
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Vanvance1

      Damn straight.

      A film is always reflective of the time in which it is made. When you try to update elements of the film it can unbalance the tone of everything else.

      If they want to revisit the sound track and open it up, fine. But even then I’d want the mono original available.

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