On a to-be-determined date in 2018, Syfy will air a sequel to 1999’s sci-fi/shark horror Deep Blue Sea; Deep Blue Sea 2 is being directed by Darin Scott and will star Rob Mayes, Michael Beach, and Danielle Savre. While we don’t even have a synopsis of the film yet, Upcoming Horror Movies announced today that the sequel will be Rated-R for creature violence and gore, and for language. Sounds good to me!
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Most people may not be aware, though, that there was an attempted at a Deep Blue Sea sequel back in 2009—one that sounded surprisingly solid. Jack Perez (who helmed the viral sensation Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus) was retained to pen a screenplay; he shared details of the abandoned production with Birth.Movies.Death last March.
Perez: “I went in with a pitch. I didn’t know exactly what they were looking for, but it seemed that the natural way to go was to jack it up the way Aliens had jacked things up into a combat film. So that’s what I pitched, and Matt Bierman, the senior vice president at Warner Premiere, essentially said, ‘That sounds great.
“What they were interested in was keeping the theme of shark experimentation. The script is about this scientific research ship that is seized by Somali pirates, and a team of Navy SEALs have to go in and take them out. The whole ship is basically a gigantic floating laboratory, with a maze of tunnels that the sharks can travel through that open up into tanks. To a certain degree, it was similar to what they did in Predator; there were definitely echoes of that sort of motley group.
“They were really happy with the script, I was already meeting with different special effects facilities and we were about to begin casting. That’s when they decided it just wasn’t physically possible, even though the budget was relatively low. At the time, DVD sales were suffering, and I think they just made an accounting decision to not do it, along with other movies.”
All that remains of the Deep Blue Sea sequel that could have been is a collection of concept art released via Vimeo. Give it a peep below and let us know what you think in the Comments section. We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you additional Deep Blue Sea sequel news as details emerge. Stay tuned!
Official Synopsis: On an island research facility, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) is harvesting the brain tissue of DNA-altered sharks as a possible cure for Alzheimer’s disease. When the facility’s backers send an executive (Samuel L. Jackson) to investigate the experiments, a routine procedure goes awry and a shark starts attacking the researchers. Now, with sharks outnumbering their human captors, McAlester and her team must figure out a way to stop them from escaping to the ocean and breeding.