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Did ‘Sharknado’ and “Shark Week” Just Cause Uni To Reboot ‘Jaws’?

A rumor that’s been swirling since the dawn of Bloody-Disgusting is that Universal Pictures is remaking Steven Spielberg’s classic Jaws, the first ever summer blockbuster that opened June 20, 1975, and has banked in $260M at the box office (that’s $1 BILLION with inflation).

Flash forward to the summer of 2013 where sharks are hotter than ever. With every person around me talking “Sharknado” (please, stop), and Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” breaking ratings records, it’s quite possible that the sharp-toothed executives at Universal are eyeing that long-postured Jaws reboot. Or not.

Eagle-eyed reader ‘Nick E.’ pointed us to a casting call on Mandy that may or may not be legit. I believe it’s as simple as registering to create a job posting, and in the past fake casting calls for Jaws have surfaced online, taking a bite out of various site’s credibility. In fact, the last time a casting call was for Jaws was spotted, it was for another film, although I can’t recall what it was as of this writing.

We are seeking all crew positions for the upcoming Jaws reboot,” says the job listing. “We will need to build sets quite early therefore we will be hiring partially prior to the official pre-production.

With that, the listing also says that production starts in January of 2015, which could be a clue to the posting’s legitimacy. Until we get confirmation, though, this story should stay submerged in the depths of rumor hell.



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