Deep Blue Sea 2

Exclusive: Smart sharks return as Deep Blue Sea 2 enters production

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:20 AM EDT (Updated)

It’s official: The super-smart shark flick Deep Blue Sea is getting a sequel, and principal photography is already underway in Cape Town, South Africa.

The film is, of course, a sequel to the 1999 cult hit that starred Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane, and LL Cool J. The sequel stars Danielle Savre (Boogeyman 2) as shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun; Rob Mayes (John Dies at the End) as the highly decorated ex-Navy SEAL Trent Slater; and Michael Beach (The 100) as Carl Durant, a billionaire with questionable ethics.

The plot kicks off with shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Savre) invited to consult on a top-secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Beach). Calhoun is shocked to learn that the company is using the unpredictable and highly aggressive bull sharks as its test subjects. You can probably guess where this goes next, and Warner Bros. teases some “personality” from the sharks that’ll be menacing these hapless humans.

Deep Blue Sea 2

Matt Bierman, creative executive for Warner Bros, said in a statement that they’re working hard to make sure Deep Blue Sea 2 connects to the same world as the first film, even if it has been almost two decades since its release:

"We are a true sequel. We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and story line of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the story telling and the narrative in a way that first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build but once the rubber band snaps things go boom really quickly!"

Deep Blue Sea 2 will be directed by Darin Scott (Dark House). No release date has been announced.

Are you pumped to see the world of Deep Blue Sea 2 coming back for another round? Can they match the smarts of the sharks from the first film?