11 Sep – 47 meters apparently wasn't deep enough.
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the shark attack thriller "47 Meters Down" is gearing up for a sequel.
The aptly titled "48 Meters Down" will see Johannes Roberts returning to write and direct the film, based on a co-written script with Ernest Riera whom he collaborated with in the first movie. The Fyzz Facility is also back to produce and finance the project.
"We are so pleased by the huge success of "47 Meters Down"; it totally exceeded all expectations. "48 Meters Down" will take the claustrophobia of cave diving and the thrill of shark encounters and move everything to the next level," The Fyzz Facility's James Harris said in a statement.
Relocating the thrills from Mexico to Brazil, the sequel will follow a group of adventure-seeking girls in the coastal metropolis of Recife. Hoping to stray away from the well-worn tourist trail, the girls go on to explore some hidden underwater ruins – only to discover that the ruins aren't completely uninhabited.
Altitude Film Sales who will introduce the movie to buyers in Toronto also shares their excitement of reteaming with the same filmmakers and producers, adding that the sequel will "ratchet up the thrills and spills to a whole new level".
The original movie, which made more than USD53 million globally, starred Mandy Moore ("This Is Us") and "The Originals'" Claire Holt as sisters who go on a diving cage adventure in Mexico. When the cage that they are in breaks free from the boat it's attached to, the sisters are left with limited oxygen supplies, and must quickly find their way back to the boat through the shark-infested waters.