Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios had a bonafide hit this summer with 47 Meters Down, so it comes as no surprise that the company has acquired the sequel, 48 Meters Down, which will dive into theaters on June 28, 2019.
Johannes Roberts will return to direct the sequel, and judging by the end of the first film, it’s unlikely Mandy Moore will return, though anything’s possible in Hollywood these days. Roberts is also writing the deep sea horror-thriller with his 47 Meters Down scribe Ernest Riera.
48 Meters Down will take place in the backpacking mecca of Brazil against the backdrop of the country’s vibrant culture, party atmosphere and beautiful beaches. The sequel will follow a group of five girls from different backgrounds and countries who are united by their lust for life and adventure in the coastal metropolis of Recife. Looking to get off the well-worn tourist trail, they hear about a hidden underwater ruin from a local guide and seize the opportunity to discover their own Atlantis beneath the turquoise waves. Unbeknownst to them, the caves where the forgotten city lies are not completely uninhabited, and as they swim deeper into the submerged labyrinth of caves, they enter the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
47 Meters Down is currently the highest-grossing independent movie of the year, having taken in more than $58 million worldwide to date.
James Harris, Mark Lane, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones of The Fyzz Facility are producing 48 Meters Down. Altitude Film Sales was the sales agent on 47 Meters Down and the company was so instrumental in realizing the project that it will receive EP credit on the sequel.
“Byron Allen had the balls to take 47 Meters Down on and put everything on the line to deliver such an outstanding result. We just couldn’t consider going anywhere else for our underwater sequel,” said Godfrey. “Johannes deftly shapes these narratives with twists that heighten the suspense and excitement, and we know this sequel will again be an extraordinary ride that will take filmgoers around the world deeper into the sharks’ ocean playground.”
“We are very excited to bring the47 Meters Down filmmaking team back together again, and the sequel is well-positioned to be a big summer event movie,” said Allen, whose Entertainment Studios has been on a buying spree lately, as it has a multi-year output deal with Netflix. Recent acquisitions include Scott Cooper’s Hostiles starring Christian Bale, the political thriller Chappaquiddick starring Jason Clarke as Edward Kennedy, the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller Replicas and Rob Cohen’s action-thriller Hurricane Heist.
Roberts recently wrapped production on Strangers: Prey at Night, a follow-up to the original 2008 suspense thriller The Strangers that stars Christina Hendricks and was produced and financed by The Fyzz Facility.
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