A distribution deal between Disney and Steven Spielberg's studio DreamWorks is due to expire in August, 2016. So, what? These are just boring business relations, right? Well, you might be more interested if it signals the return of a certain murderous shark and time-traveling duo...
Once the agreement with Disney expires, it's thought that Spielberg will sign with long-time collaborator Universal, where he still keeps his offices. After the runaway success of Jurassic World, Universal likely has dollar signs in their eyes, looking to continue their reign of box office domination by reviving some of Spielberg's other fan-favorite franchises. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Sources say Spielberg commanded his rich director’s fee for Jurassic World — a percentage of profit worth tens of millions of dollars — from which he then paid helmer Colin Trevorrow. He also is key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises such as Jaws and Back to the Future."
Though your initial reaction might be one of reticence, fearing for the sanctity of these all time classics, remember that Universal did manage to pull off a faithful yet fresh reboot of Spielberg's Jurassic franchise. Can this successful revival be repeated?
If a new Jaws movie did get a green light, the prolific director has previously said he's still got a few ideas up his shark-infested sleeve:
"I have a very, very good scene which I thought would have been good for a sequel someday, which I will tell you someday because I don’t want it in print. But I’ll tell you my scene some day. Every time I think of this scene I think, “Hmmm, could this be another Jaws movie?”
As far as Back to the Future is concerned, things look a little less promising. In an interview with The Telegraph, director Robert Zemeckis made it explicitly clear that a reboot would happen only over his dead body:
“That can’t happen until both Bob and I are dead. I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying, ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?”
Personally, I can't fathom a Back to the Future flick without Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, but I said the same thing about a Goldblum-less Jurassic movie. What do you think?