Deep Blue Sea Sequel Is Happening at Syfy
Posted 2017/06/30 0 0
Syfy is reportedly at work on a direct-to-TV sequel to Renny Harlin’s 1998 killer shark movie “Deep Blue Sea”.
Way back in 2009, Warner Premiere had announced plans for a Deep Blue Sea sequel, which eventually drown in development hell. Now, thanks to the popularity of shark week and the success of films such as The Shallows and 47 Meters Down, Deep Blue Sea 2 is finally in production. Darin Scott (“House Party : Tonight’s the Night”) has been shooting the film in Cape Town, with newly announced “Aquaman” co-star (and “Third Watch” alum) Michael Beach among the cast. The film is being produced as a telefilm for the SyFy channel, so don’t expect cameos from any of the original “Deep Blue Sea” players (namely Thomas Jane).
Deep Blue Sea 2 will follow Dr. Klaus Van Etten as he experiments on bull sharks, despite the warnings of the marine expert Misty and her fellow biologists. The altered sharks get loose of their containments, and disaster ensues.
Years ago, Jack Perez (Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus) was going to direct the sequel. He said his sequel would’ve been influenced by Predator and Sgt. Rock:
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. My thinking was that this was Sgt. Rock vs. sharks, so I developed this platoon kind of based on my favorite Sgt. Rock characters. To a certain degree, it was similar to what they did in Predator; there were definitely echoes of that sort of motley group.
“On paper, it seems absolutely comical, but my intention was to make these sharks Frankenstein-style mutations that were tragic and violent. With the exception of the quipping between the soldiers, it wasn’t going to be played for humor.”