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Jaws 3's Original Horror Concept Was Genius (& Why Spielberg Turned It Down)

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Here's why Jaws 3's original horror concept was a much better fit for the franchise — here's why it was dropped and why Steven Spielberg passed on the sequel.

The original Jaws was a cultural event upon release in 1975, where it became the original summer blockbuster. While sequels were relatively rare during this era — even for big hits — Univeral was smart enough to know a follow-up was guaranteed to be a success.

Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss were both busy with Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, so they passed on 1978's Jaws 2  — which almost dropped a shark for a squid.

The first two Jaws movies were produced by Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, who felt the only logical option for another outing would be a parody.

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