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Anyone ever think that Jaws 2 could have been different and possibly set the series into a different direction than the comical and horrible path it took? Steven Spielberg did since he wanted to make the second movie more of a prequel. His idea to make the movie about the USS Indianapolis was one that would have explained a great deal of how Quint felt about sharks and would have gone in a direction that was far more in keeping with the movie. But hey, Hollywood is always right, right? When you think about it and contemplate the horror of what happened when the Indianapolis went down in 1945 when it was torpedoed by the Japanese, making a movie out of that might have seemed like too raw of a moment for the Hollywood execs to approve, but it’s perfectly okay to see a kid get dragged under the water by a vicious maneater. There’s a couple of reasons why Hollywood kind of dropped the ball on this one.
People expect to see soldiers dying in war movies.
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It’s brutal and it’s unfair but it’s true. Jaws 2 would have been as close to being a war movie as it could be without actually being one, since the USS Indianapolis was in transit after having dropped off a very important package to Pearl Harbor. The ship was struck twice and sank in about 12 minutes according to history. The real horror was about to begin however when the survivors were set adrift. One thing about war movies is that you fully expect to see a soldier, or many soldiers, endure gunfire, bombs, and many other forms of certain death, but drowning, dying of thirst, and dying of shark attacks are rare in such films. Perhaps that was a sticking point for Hollywood.
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