It was 20 years ago last month that the greatest shark movie since Jaws opened in theatres everywhere. It was called Deep Blue Sea, and like its spiritual predecessor, it was a man vs nature tale set perilously on the high seas as a human crew of scientists and rough-necks face off against the new most dangerous game: genetically-modified sharks! Now that sounds like something that should be a franchise, right? Warner Bros had the same thought, which is why it looks like that we’re going to be getting Deep Blue Sea 3.
Now you may be asking, “There was a Deep Blue Sea 2?” There was actually. It was released direct-to-video in April 2018, and it was only tacitly connected to the original in that it was about people in an underwater laboratory trying to survive when some genetically-modified sharks escape their confinement and swim amok. It was directed by Darin Scott, whose previous film credits include numerous other direct-to-video flicks and TV movies, and it starred Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.
The original 1999 Deep Blue Sea though was directed by Renny Harlin, who made Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. It starred Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Michael Rappaport, Stellan Skarsgård, and LL Cool J, and it’s mostly famous for the scene where Jackson, as corporate executive Russell Franklin, is eaten by a shark right in the middle of giving an inspirational speech meant to rally the survivors.
Specifically, this scene:
Which brings us to Deep Blue Sea 3. The existence of the sequel was revealed in a recent post on Production Weekly, and while further details are few and far between, the notice does list Netflix as one of the producers, which presumes that it might be released to the streaming platform exclusively.
What the film’s going to be about, who’s going to star in it, and who’s going to direct it are still questions that have no answer, although it is likely that the plot will involve genetically-modified sharks. Exciting!