Well, there's no love for the would be singing shark movie, 'Jaws! The Musical Motion Picture' which has sunk to the very bottom of Universal's upcoming slate. Bass Bruce the Shark and and the Baritone Brody family are once again un-green-lit at Universal as the studio was swimming against the tide anyways with this half-baked fish dish. Perhaps, not since Bochco's blunder with 'Cop Rock,' the legendarily ill-conceived musical police procedural for ABC some years ago, has there been such a ludicrous idea for a filmed musical. Story beats follow the original script for the 1975 Spielberg block-buster, 'Jaws,' but despite the classic and beloved original blueprint; NOBODY wants a singing shark movie. In a leaked first draft, the shark actually sings: a device that even David Lynch might chuckle derisively at. Perhaps with a rethink/retool the material might lend itself to an edgy Broadway show; but the silver-screen is not the place for something with so little audience potential. Whispers around Studio City have it that Universal learned its lesson with the ill-fated, feline-flop 'Cats' from 2019; and the singing shark saga was soundly sunk. Perhaps the studio could secure the rights to the 'Baby Shark' phenom. It's prospects are certainly more promising than a musical version of 'Jaws': a bouillabaisse of creative blunders with a fishy after-taste.
Actually, I still think a movie musical of 'Jaws' could be pulled off; but I'm not gonna be the one to do it. I mean, I was having fun working on the screenplay, which I posted on another blog entry. I did write a little more of it. I got through Chrissie's death and then the introduction of the Brodys. But, once again, I was distracting myself with a chimera rather than working on my own stuff.
So, here's as far as I got. And I still think it's pretty good.