The theatrical distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the suspense thriller “48 Meters Down” from The Fyzz Facility, the company announced today.
“48 Meters Dow”n is the sequel to the 2017 Mandy Moore/Claire Holt shark thriller “47 Meters Down,” which grossed over $58 million worldwide. “48 Meters Down” is slated for worldwide theatrical release June 28, 2019.
The deep-sea horror/thriller will be directed by Johannes Roberts (“47 Meters Down,” “The Other Side of the Door”), from a script he is co-writing with his “47 Meters Down” co-writer, Ernest Riera.
James Harris, Mark Lane, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones of The Fyzz Facility are producing “48 Meters Down.” Altitude Film Sales, the sales agent on “47 Meters Down” will be executive producers on the sequel.
“48 Meters Down” takes place in the backpacking mecca of Brazil, against the backdrop of the country’s vibrant culture, party atmosphere, and beautiful beaches. A group of five girls from different backgrounds and countries are united by their lust for life and adventure in the coastal metropolis of Recife. Looking to get off the well-worn tourist trail, they hear about a hidden underwater ruin from a local guide and seize the opportunity to discover their own Atlantis beneath the turquoise waves. Unbeknownst to them, the caves where the forgotten city lies are not completely uninhabited, and as they swim deeper into the submerged labyrinth of caves they enter the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures currently has a multi-year output deal with Netflix. Other titles recently acquired by the label include the Rob Cohen-helmed action/thriller “The Hurricane Heist,” the Keanu Reeves sci-fi action/thriller “Replicas,” the thriller “Chappaquiddick,” and Christian Bale’s “Hostiles.”
“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.
“We are very excited to bring the 47 Meters Down filmmaking team back together again,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “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 Wayne Marc Godfrey and Entertainment Studios.