Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the shark thriller “48 Meters Down” from the Fyzz Facility.
“48 Meters Down” is the official sequel to the Mandy Moore/Claire Holt shark thriller “47 Meters Down,” which has grossed over $58 million worldwide to date. “48 Meters Down” is slated for worldwide theatrical release on June 28, 2019.
As with the original, “48 Meters Down” is a deep-sea horror/thriller with Johannes Roberts returning as director with a script he is co-writing with his “47 Meters Down” co-writer, Ernest Riera. Producers are James Harris, Mark Lane, Wayne Marc Godfrey, and Robert Jones of the Fyzz Facility. Altitude Film Sales, the sales agent on “47 Meters Down,” will be an executive producer on the sequel.
Roberts recently wrapped production on “Strangers: Prey at Night,” a follow-up to the original 2008 suspense thriller starring Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman, which the Fyzz Facility produced and financed.
“48 Meters Down” takes place in Brazil with five young women from different backgrounds and countries united by their lust for life and adventure in the coastal metropolis of Recife. In an attempt to get off the tourist trail, they decide to explore a hidden underwater ruin but the caves where the forgotten city lies are inhabited by the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
ESMP currently has a multi-year output deal with Netflix. Other movie titles recently acquired by ESMP include Rob Cohen’s “The Hurricane Heist,” the Keanu Reeves sci-fi action/thriller “Replicas,” the thriller “Chappaquiddick,” and Christian Bale’s “Hostiles.”
ESMP’s acquisition of “Chappaquiddick” and “Replicas” was announced last month at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
“We are very excited to bring the ’47 Meters Down’ filmmaking team back together again,” said Allen. “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 moviegoers overwhelmed and on the edge of their seats being terrorized by the world’s greatest predators!!!”
The deal for “48 Meters Down” was brokered by the Fyzz Facility’s Godfrey and Entertainment Studios.