Earlier this year we reported that a sequel to 1999’s killer shark movie Deep Blue Sea was in the works. The sequel, which filmed this summer in Cape Town, South Africa, has received a 2018 release and an R rating for “creature violence, gore, and for language” UHM is reporting.
Darin Scott (Tales from the Hood) is in the director’s chair for the sequel, simply titled Deep Blue Sea 2. Michael Beach, Rob Mayes, Danielle Savre, Nathan Lynn, and Darron Meyer star. Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott penned the script.
According to Syfy, “The plot kicks off with shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun invited to consult on a top-secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Beach). Calhoun is shocked to learn that the company is using the unpredictable and highly aggressive bull sharks as its test subjects. You can probably guess where this goes next, and Warner Bros. teases some “personality” from the sharks that’ll be menacing these hapless humans.”
In the original, a team of scientists increased the brain size of three sharks in an attempt to create more tissue to harvest for their use in experiments with the goal of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease at an isolated research facility. Instead, they become the hunted when the intelligent sharks turn on them. Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, and LL Cool J starred in the fantastic film.
We are a true sequel. We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it,” Matt Bierman, creative executive for Warner Bros has stated. “The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and story line of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the story telling and the narrative in a way that first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build but once the rubber band snaps things go boom really quickly!”
Thanks to films like The Shallows, 47 Meters Down, and the upcoming mega shark movie Meg, there has been a resurgence in shark films and that makes us very happy. We went far too long without good films about the ultimate predator.