Kevin Smith, bless his heart, smokes a ton of weed. This isn’t speculation. The indie auteur behind Clerks and Chasing Amy admits this to anyone who’ll listen. And his indulgences explain a lot about Smith’s body of work (like, say, Tusk). But even weed can’t quite cover up the bizarre thesis Kevin Smith recently floated for a new Jaws movie he’d LOVE to see in theaters… if Steven Spielberg has time.
To be fair, Smith was sort of goaded into this conversation by the Wall Street Journal, who started asking Kevin Smith about possible reboots of classic films, like Jaws. Smith is a noted worshipper of Steven Spielberg’s shark masterpiece, and was asked if he thought it might one day be rebooted. Smith agreed that it’s likely inevitable, but then – on the spot, and in the moment – cooked up an idea that would bring Spielberg back to his prized franchise, the way Ridley Scott has returned to Alien and Blade Runner.
Smith, on a tangent, described it as such.
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."
Do you hear that, Hollywood? Are you reading, Steven Spielberg? Jaws in a Hurricane: Coming Into Your House, Dude. The tickets sell themselves. In fact, I think that was the storyline for Jaws 19.
It should be noted that Kevin Smith actually has plans for his own movie titled Moose Jaws, which he openly describes as "Jaws with a moose." This would be different (and probably better). Now, I know what you are thinking. Why the hell would Spielberg do this movie? Well, in an effort to drum up support for this, Smith swears, "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."
Now that’s an incentive to make this happen.