According to HBO's Spielberg Doc, Everyone Thought 'Jaws' Was Going to Be a Flop
It's crazy that we lived in a world where people bet against a man-eating shark movie.
BY Gabrielle Bruney | Sep 27, 2017 | Film & TV
HBO released the trailer for its documentary on legendary director Steven Spielberg Saturday, and it’s a predictably star-studded affair featuring talking heads from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, and Spielberg himself.
The film traces Spielberg’s career from its beginnings, including the production of the then-26-year-old director’s 1975 instant classic Jaws. According to Martin Scorsese, “the word around town was that Jaws was a folly and that it was going to be a disaster.” The production was notoriously overlong and expensive, filled with constant rewrites and glitchy robosharks. Of course it all ended well, with the film becoming the highest-grossing in history— until it was dethroned by Star Wars two years later. Check out the trailer below.