Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures (ESMP) has picked up worldwide rights to 48 Meters Down from The Fyzz Facility.
The sequel to June breakout 47 Meters Down (pictured), which ESMP released and grossed $44m theatrically in North America, is scheduled to open worldwide on June 28, 2019.
Johannes Roberts reprises his role as director on the deep sea thriller and is co-writing the screenplay with his 47 Meters Down co-writer Ernest Riera
48 Meters Down follows five thrill-seeking girls in Brazil who go on a dive near the coastal town of Recife. Looking to get off the tourist trail, they encounter the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
James Harris, Mark Lane, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones of The Fyzz Facility are producing and Altitude Film Sales, which handled sales on the original, will serve as executive producer.
Roberts recently wrapped production on Strangers: Prey At Night, a follow-up to the 2008 horror hit Strangers, that stars starring Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman and is produced and financed by The Fyzz Facility.
“Byron Allen had the balls to take 47 Meters Down on and put everything on the line to deliver such an outstanding result,” The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, who brokered the deal with ESMP, said. “We just couldn’t consider going anywhere else for our underwater sequel.
“Johannes deftly shapes these narratives with twists that heighten the suspense and excitement, 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 the 47 Meters Down filmmaking team back together again,” Allen said. “The sequel 48 Meters Down is well-positioned to be a big summer event movie. The shark-filled psychological horror-thriller will once again have movie-goers overwhelmed and on the edge of their seats being terrorised by the world’s greatest predators.”