John Carpenter Almost Directed The Ultimate Jaws Ripoff The Beast

The Beast would have been Carpenter’s follow-up to 1988’s They Live and would have marked his return to big-budget filmmaking following a bad experience with Fox on Big Trouble In Little China. It’s easy to see Carpenter having a good time turning The Beast into an homage to the monster b-movies of his youth, but it appears his plans for the project were too pricey for the studio’s taste. According to an interview with the author in Diving Pioneers and Innovators (via Peter Benchley.com), Universal deemed Carpenter’s script too expensive at $30 million.

The Beast was later revived as TV miniseries in 1996 starring William Peterson (of Red Dragon’s first adaptation Manhunter) and the late Larry Drake. The series did an impressive job bringing Benchley’s book to life on a TV budget and received mostly good reviews. Still, a John Carpenter adaptation of The Beast would have almost certainly made for the superior version, and as proved by the likes of The Thing, he knows his way around a monster movie.


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The Beast would have been Carpenter’s follow-up to 1988’s They Live and would have marked his return to big-budget filmmaking following a bad experience with Fox on Big Trouble In Little China. It’s easy to see Carpenter having a good time turning The Beast into an homage to the monster b-movies of his youth, but it appears his plans for the project were too pricey for the studio’s taste. According to an interview with the author in Diving Pioneers and Innovators (via Peter Benchley.com), Universal deemed Carpenter’s script too expensive at $30 million.
The Beast was later revived as TV miniseries in 1996 starring William Peterson (of Red Dragon’s first adaptation Manhunter) and the late Larry Drake. The series did an impressive job bringing Benchley’s book to life on a TV budget and received mostly good reviews. Still, a John Carpenter adaptation of The Beast would have almost certainly made for the superior version, and as proved by the likes of The Thing, he knows his way around a monster movie.

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