Got an appetite for shark movies? If The Meg (2018) isn’t enough to satisfy you, here’s some good news! It’s the teaser for 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter. Collider got the exclusive today, along with confirmation that the 47 Meters Down (2017) sequel will not be called 48 Meters Down as originally reported.
The first film follows sisters Kate and Lisa, who find themselves trapped in shark-infested waters with a dwindling supply of oxygen when the chain holding their diving cage snaps. Its intense claustrophobia, clever cinematography and unflinchingly bleak ending delighted horror fans around the world.
So what’s this instalment about? Entertainment Studios has revealed they are moving the action from Mexico to Brazil, where a group of tourists looking to explore some underwater ruins find more than they bargained for. We can’t be certain, but we bet it involves plenty of teeth! Cast details are still under wraps.
47 Meters Down was begging for the sequel treatment after its surprising success at the box office. Dimension initially had the film slated as a straight-to-DVD release, but Freestyle Media bought it (paying a princely seven-figure sum) and gave it a theatrical release last year. The gamble paid off, as the film went on to gross more than $44 million.
It was only a matter of months before production and financing company Fyzz Facility confirmed a sequel.
47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter will be written and directed by the same team behind the original surprise summer hit, with Johannes Roberts directing a script he co-wrote with Ernest Riera. And Roberts is no stranger to big budget horror films. 47 Meters Down may have been made on a paltry $5.5 million budget, but he also directed The Other Side of the Door (2016) and The Strangers: Prey at Night (2017).
Entertainment Studios hasn’t confirmed a release date, but 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter will make a splash in theatres in summer 2019.
What do you think about 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter? Do you have high hopes… or do you think this sequel will sink?