'47 Meters Down' Sequel Nabbed by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios
The shark-infested sequel will hit theaters in summer 2019.
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, which worked with The Fyzz Facility on the shark-infested indie hit 47 Meters Down, is reteaming with the production company for the planned sequel, 48 Meters Down.
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, the theatrical distribution division of Allen's company, has acquired the worldwide rights to the follow-up, already setting a June 28, 2019, release date.
47 Meters Down, which starred Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, has become 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, taking in $44 million at the domestic box office this summer and more than $53 million globally.
Johannes Roberts is set to return to write and direct the sequel, based on a script he co-wrote with his collaborator on 47 Meters Down, Ernest Riera.
48 Meters Down will take place in the Brazil, following a group of five girls from different backgrounds and countries that hear about a hidden underwater ruin from a local guide and seize the opportunity to discover their own Atlantis. Unbeknownst to them, the caves where the forgotten city lies are the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
“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 The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey.
Added Allen: "We are very excited to bring the 47 Meters Down filmmaking team back together again. The sequel 48 Meters Down is well-positioned to be a big summer event movie."
Entertainment Studios recent acquisitions include up the Ted Kennedy thriller Chappaquiddick and the Christian Bale starrer Hostiles.