I'm a huge fan of Renny Harlin's Deep Blue Sea starring Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrow, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J. It ushered in a new age of crazy genetic-abomination creature features, which we're still enjoying today in things like the Sharknado series of TV films.
Released in 1999 and produced on a $60 million budget, Deep Blue Sea made a monster splash at the box office that summer, and eventually scooped up $165 million worldwide. Rumors swirled of a potential remake in 2008, but the notion drifted out into the ocean of lost projects.
In a recent interview with Birth Movies Death, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus director Jack Perez explained his brief involvement with a direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea sequel for Warner Premiere. Here's the wacky pitch that landed him the gig, involving lethal sharks with surgically-attached machine guns and rocket launchers :
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. 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.
You can get a cool visual reference in the video below:
Warner yanked the project prior to casting, and it's now relegated to the "what-if" files. Sounds like a winner to me, but in the entertainment environment of 2017, this insane notion seems almost quaint and reserved compared to some of the blockbuster features coming out of Hollywood these days.
What do you think? Would you be interested in a Deep Blue Sea sequel, bullets and all?
(Via Bloody Disgusting)