In the past few years, we’ve seen an impressive amount of *shock horror* good shark movies. Following decades of dross such as Jersey Shore Shark Attack and 2-Headed Shark Attack, we’ve had films like The Shallows, The Reef, Cage Dive, Bait, and, of course, 47 Meters Down showing that this oft-mocked subgenre still has some bite. And now, 47 Meters Down director Johannes Roberts has been talking about his plans for a sequel.
Speaking to Bloody-Disgusting, Roberts enthused, “If I had to pitch it in a very simple way, I would describe it as The Descent underwater. So it will be six or seven people trapped in the caves of Brazil, an underwater city.”
All that we’ve previously known about this follow-up is that it will be called 48 Meters Down, and Roberts went on to discuss that title. “Ha! Yeah, one meter more terrifying,” he joked before going on to add, “It all be cave diving, which is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. I trained to do cave diving while I was shooting 47 in the Dominican Republic. It’s beyond terrifying so it just seemed like a really great idea to make the sequel. Myself and the line producer would go on the weekend. I’m sure we weren’t allowed to go for insurance because it’s the most dangerous thing in the world, and we would go and dive in these great cave systems. It was just like, ‘Yeah, this has to be a movie.’”
At present, Roberts’ next movie to hit the big screen is the hotly anticipated The Strangers: Prey at Night – which is released March 9th. Before he gets to work on 48 Meters Down, he’ll be tackle another horror effort, Thirteen O’Clock, which he’s described as “It’s all set during Day of the Dead and it involves coffins and being buried alive.”
With pictures such as The Other Side of the Door and 47 Meters Down, Johannes Roberts has marked himself out as a genre director to keep your eye on. As such, we’re certainly looking forward to The Stranger: Prey at Night, Thirteen O’Clock, and 48 Meters Down.