The ‘Jaws’ Of My Dreams: Fantasy Film-making

I had, what is potentially, one of the geekiest dreams of my life the other night. I dreamed an entire remake of Jaws, with Robert Downey Jr cast as Martin Brody. It was a very unique and enjoyable experience. For some reason, my subconscious decided that the remake would have the feel of an M.Night Shyamalan film; deafeningly quiet and openly sparse. The oddest thing of all was that despite the limitless ability my mind has to create a near perfect shark, it still chose prosthetic; clearly a sign that the traditionalist within me refuses to embrace CG over practical effects. Although there were moments of familiarity, my Jaws had a distinctly different feel to the actual Jaws. It had a darker tone, there was less comedy and the three man bro-mance was a lot more strained.

When I awoke the next morning I was a) rather dismayed I did not get to finish seeing the film and b) very happy that my R.E.M sleep had become a pantheon for customised cinematic brilliance. For the rest of the day I had the overwhelming urge to complete this, quite literal, dream casting. I have finally settled on Ryan Gosling as Matt Hooper, Gene Hackman as Sam Quint and Jessica Chastain as Ellen Brody (despite her being in everything right now, she is a wonderful actress).

So that was my experience.

What I want to draw out of this is the idea I have for a feature – Fantasy Film-making. Write a comment below this post, and get your own dream creation out there. It can be a re-make, a re-imagining, an adaptation or even an original idea for a sequel/spin-off. Give the following details;

  • Film title

  • Brief synopsis (two sentences max)

  • Director

  • Main cast

I look forward to reading your entries.

NOTE: This is not a contest. There is no prize to be won…except, maybe the admiration and applause of fellow readers (for whatever that might be worth to you.)


13 thoughts on “The ‘Jaws’ Of My Dreams: Fantasy Film-making

  1. Ryan Gosling, FTW.

    I am gonna have to come back to this.

    Maybe something like Sophie’s Choice. A film that should have been great just felt mediocre, despite the Oscars.

  2. Honestly, I don’t know why this hasn’t already been done:

    Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight

    Synopsis: Would follow events of the book. Lessa’s fall and rise to power, become the queen dragonrider, battle the otherworldly menace, the time travel to convince dragonriders of the past to come forward to save the present.

    Director: Chris Columbus (because of his work on the first Harry Potter movies)

    Lessa: Winona Ryder
    F’lar: Keanu Reeves
    Fax: Kenneth Branaugh

  3. I still dream of what a David Lynch Empire Strikes Back would have looked like. He nearly did that instead of Dune – of course Dune was unfilmable in a 2 hour movie.

    I also kind of wonder what the 4th Indiana Jones movie would have looked like had J. J. Abraham done it without restrictions. (OK, probably a lot of unnecessary lens flair, but still…)

  4. The Earthsea Trilogy

    The classic story by Ursula K. Le Guin of a wizard from an island called Gont, in the archipelago of Earthsea, who goes from being a poor goatherd to saving the world.

    Director: David Fincher


    Ged: Alex Pettyfer
    Ogion: Clint Eastwood
    Serret: Amanda Seyfried
    Archmage Nemmerle: Giancarlo Esposito
    Vetch: Anthony Mackie
    Jasper: Aaron Johnson
    Tenar: Carey Mulligan

  5. I want Phantom Menace directed by Eli Roth in which the film starts with Ani watching his mother being tortured by a rogue Jedi, thus setting him up for his later descent into Sithdom.

  6. RAF,

    Oh my word! 80’s Potter is amazing.


    I thought that Anakin should have been secretly torturing cats in PM and should have used the force choke on some sand people in AotC. He became evil too easily. You are right that there needed to be more motivation there.

  7. MCQ, I think there is an animated Earthsea movie out there. I believe John C. told me it was terrible, though.

  8. I haven’t seen it, but my understanding is that it’s not really Earthsea, as it’s only loosely based on the books.

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