Jaws 2: The Making of the Hollywood Sequel book review

While many fans of animal attack films will have a soft spot for Jaws 2, a lot may not know the full story behind its troubled production.

From the firing of director John Hancock, a mass re-casting process and a shark that only worked occassionally, it is all here in Michael A. Smith’s book.

The amount of research and interviews conducted by Smith and co-author Louis R. Pisano is astounding, offering unique insights from people such as Carl Gottlieb, John Hancock, Lorraine Gary and Keith Gordon.

As well as tonnes of production stories they have also provided countless photos from all areas of the film including some from the cast’s personal collections.

It is hard to believe Jaws 2 was the first proper blockbuster sequel in 1978, but books like this really show how important this film was in the development of the Hollywood system and the emergence of the sequel as a profitable commodity.

The only downside is some poor formatting which can take you slightly out of the story, but this is a pet gripe in an overall satisfying read and a must for Jaws fans.

Jaws 2: The Making of the Hollywood Sequel is available now in paperback and on Amazon Kindle.

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