Jaws 19 you say? There isn’t such a film? Well, writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis predicted that it would be in cinemas in the year 2015 when they wrote Back To The Future Part Two [in my opinion the best of the trilogy]. They also predicted flying cars and hoverboards, so they were somewhat off the mark there, but one thing they did get right is how obsessed Hollywood would still be with sequels in a scene when Marty McFly travelled from October 21 1984 to October 21 2015 in Hill Valley, only for a holographic shark to attack him on the street, the shark being advertising for the latest film in the Jaws franchise.
That film of course didn’t happen in real life, in fact the Jaws series ended at film number four, a film which was truly dire and seemed to kill the franchise there and then. However, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Back To The Future, Universal Pictures has released a fake trailer for none other than Jaws 19. It doesn’t actually show us anything besides water and various titles coming up on screen, but it’s nice that the studio, one that has been especially sequel-mad since the 1930’s with all those follow-ups to Frankenstein, Dracula etc. and is still at the forefront of sequel mania with things like the Fast And Furious series which doesn’t look like it’s ever going to end, is able to poke fun at itself and the way the movie business is.
The trailer reminds us that Jaws made us afraid to go in the water, Jaws 2 made us afraid to go back in the water, Jaws 3-D added A new dimensions to terror, and Jaws: The Revenge was personal, before the deep voiced narrator begins sounding off installments to the Jaws franchise that break Hollywood down to almost every type of sequel there is. Have a chuckle at Jaws In Outer Space, CyBer Jaws and, my favourite, Fifty Shades Of Shark, though in truth a few of these titles don’t seem quite so absurd considering all those bonkers efforts SyFy has recently been churning out!