Why didn't Steven Spielberg stage Jaws 2?

65 years of Spielberg

Steven Spielberg can toast two new films on his birthday. At the The three-time Oscar winner will be 65 years old on December 18th, three days later his 3D comic adaptation "Tim und Struppi" opens in US cinemas. At Christmas he gives his fans the drama "Companions".

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Then it goes non-stop for Hollywood's grayed-out all-rounder. For the Historical film "Lincoln" he gets Daniel Day-Lewis (in the picture) as US President in front of the camera.

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In 2012 he also wants the futuristic epic "Robopocalypse" turning over a riot of robots. If George Lucas called, he'd instantly get a fifth "Indiana Jones"-Stage strips, he announced.

Pictured: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford

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Born in the US state of Ohio, the son of a Jewish family, who was passionate about cinema, settled down after two Cancellations at California film schools not dissuade from his Hollywood ambitions.

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As Assistant director for TV series he got started and started shooting in 1974 his first feature film, "The Sugarland Express", a road movie with Goldie Hawn. Just 28 years old, he startled Hollywood with the horror flick "Jaws", let the box office ring and heralded the era of the "blockbuster" films.

Pictured: 1997 with Oprah Winfrey

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A great career

Steven Spielberg has amazed the entire film industry more than once. Today Spielberg - who was denied admission to several film schools at the time - is the (commercially) most successful director in Hollywood. He has received several Oscar awards for his work
Pictured: Spielberg with wife Kate Capshaw

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1975: the great white shark

The horror thriller "Jaws" marks the starting point for Steven Spielberg's world career. The then 39-year-old had shot just a few episodes of TV series such as "Columbo" and two feature films (including the truck-chasing car thriller "Duel").

Pictured: Great White Shark attraction at Universal Studios amusement park

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With grossing $ 471 million, "Jaws" became the most successful film of the time and - together with "Star Wars" - ushered in the era of Hollywood blockbusters.

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1982: E.T. - The alien

The science fiction flick "E.T.", which won three Oscars, was included in the top 25 best films of all time by the AFI (American Film Institute). The film grossed about $ 793 million, which is estimated to be 75 times its production cost. Drew Barrymore (Left) made her first appearance in it.

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1981: Indiana Jones

Harrison Ford as the whip-wielding archaeologist is one of the most popular of Spielberg's heroes. The first part "Hunter of the lost treasure" grossed $ 384 million and won five Academy Awards. The second film "Temple of Doom" (1984) could not quite follow the success of the first with an Oscar and grossed 333 million dollars. The third part "The Last Crusade"(1989, with Sean Connery) was even more successful at the box office than its predecessors, grossing almost $ 495 million. There was only one Oscar, however - for sound editing. With "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (in the picture) there was a new edition in 2008 with Shia LaBeouf as Indy's son.

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1993: Jurassic Park

Jurrasic Park also triggered a boom: dinosaurs were almost everywhere, on T-shirts, coffee mugs and of course (in small format) in the children's rooms. The movie about the merchandising wave won three trophies at the 1994 Academy Awards. With grossed $ 915 million, it was more successful than any other film before. The cost of production was only $ 63 million.

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1993: Schindler's List

In the same year Spielberg shot "Schindler's List" based on a true story: the German industrialist Oskar Schindler saved around 1200 Jews from the extermination camps of the Nazi regime during the Second World War. The box office result was comparatively low at $ 317 million, but there was a lot of praise from the critics. The film won seven Academy Awards, including those for Best Picture and Best Director. It is listed as the eighth best film of all time by the American Film Institute.

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1997: Forgotten World: Jurassic Park

The second part of the Jurassic Park series "Forgotten World: Jurassic Park" is still among the 60 most successful films of all time with box office earnings of 615 million. In the third part, "Jurassic Park III", Spielberg no longer directed, but handed it over to Joe Johnston. Spielberg is now planning the fourth new edition.

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1999: Saving Private Ryan

The war film "Saving Private Ryan" is about the events of the landing of the Allied troops in Normandy, which heralded the end of the Second World War. He received five Academy Awards, including one for best director. It was Spielberg's second golden statuette in this category. The flick grossed just under $ 225 million.

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2002: Catch me if you can

The filmed life story of the American fraudster Frank W. Abagnale Jr. brought in revenues of over $ 351 million worldwide. Leonardo DiCaprio lets Tom Hanks chase him around the world in it. In addition, the Golden Globe for best leading actor also went to DiCaprio. At the Oscar the strip came out empty-handed.

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2005: War of the Worlds

Three years later Spielberg filmed the novel "War of the Worlds" by science fiction pioneer H.G. Wells. The film grossed $ 589 million in cinemas - despite poor reviews. There were no awards, only Tom Cruise was pleased to receive the golden raspberry for his performance.

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2011: Super 8

Spielberg also has a flair for success as a producer: he produced J. J. Abrams' monster film "Super 8". This can be interpreted as an homage to the Spielberg films of the 1970s. "Super 8" grossed a respectable $ 37 million in the US and Canada on the opening weekend. It will start in Austrian cinemas on August 5, 2011.
Production design from "Super 8" with Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Ron Eldard

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