Spielberg scared off Jaws sequel
Published 10/06/2011 | 08:24
Steven Spielberg has revealed why he turned down directing Jaws 2 - because he'd had enough of the ocean.
The filmmaker, who took the reins with the 1975 shark horror, didn't want to return after his experience and the job went to Frenchman Jeannot Szwarc.
"I was done with the ocean. I would have done the sequel if I hadn't had such a horrible time at sea on the first film," he told the Ain't It Cool website.
The film was shot in the Atlantic Ocean, but delays were inevitable.
"I was pretty naive about mother nature and the hubris of a filmmaker who thinks he can conquer the elements was foolhardy, but I was too young to know I was being foolhardy when I demanded we shoot the film in the Atlantic Ocean and not in a North Hollywood tank," he explained.
"But had I to do it all over again I would have gone back to the sea because it was the only way for the audience to feel that these three men were cast adrift with a great white shark hunting them."
Spielberg, whose next film is The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn, has had ideas for a sequel since then.
"I have a very, very good scene which I thought would have been good for a sequel someday. Every time I think of this scene, I think, 'Hmmm, could this be another Jaws movie?' And I have to immediately pull myself back down to earth."