Though its been known for months, this week it became official that director Steven Spielberg will return to his former home at Universal Pictures. Disney’s “The BFG” opening next year will be the last film produced under the current deal they have.
At the time of the initial reports, it was suggested Universal wanted Spielberg back because he would be a key part of their efforts to remake and exploit the Amblin library – even going so far as to suggest potential “Jaws” and “Back to the Future” remakes. Speaking with Deadline, Spielberg has unequivocally shot down rumors of a “Jaws” remake:
“I would never remake one of my own movies – starting with Jaws – but there are Amblin titles in the library that could inspire new stories that were made popular by the films. There isn’t a single title that I’ve earmarked, but yes, I would like to. I will be discussing that with Jeff (Skoll) and Ronnie (Meyer) and Donna (Langley). I would never remake Jaws.”
The first title to be released by the director’s new company, Amblin Partners, will be that of Tate Taylor’s “The Girl on the Train” opening in October. DreamWorks’ “A Dog’s Purpose” has also jumped over to Amblin Partners and willbe released in early 2017.