– by Seth McDonald


Today we learn the indie shark thriller, 47 Meters Down, will be getting a sequel. The film’s director and co-writer, Johannes Roberts, is slated to return for the next installment. The film pulled in $44 million on a $5.5 million-dollar budget over the summer. The indie film starred Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, with Matthew Modine also appearing (Stranger Things). The plot revolves around two sisters being trapped in a shark cage. The sequel will be titled 48 Meters Down, and will move from the original setting of Mexico to Brazil. This time around, the plot will involve a group of girls on a search for adventure, and of course, things won’t go quite according to plan.

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As far as shark movies go, most of them seem to be hit or miss, and there is also a fairly wide spectrum on how to approach them. Starting with the original Jaws back in 1975, Steven Spielberg focused on building suspense and ended up producing one of the better films of all time. However, the numerous sequels to Jaws were not as well received as the first film. On the other end of the spectrum we have the Sharknado franchise, which doesn’t try to be anything it’s not, it has a target audience and aims to serve them with a heavy layer of cheese and cringe. Residing somewhere in the middle of the aforementioned franchises, are films like Deep Blue Sea, Open Water, The Shallows, and 47 Meters Down.

No matter your opinion on 47 Meters Down, it’s always nice to see an indie project succeed, and the turnaround 47 Meters Down made on its budget can definitely be considered a success. In a cinematic world filled with huge tentpole projects, bogged down by reshoots and directorial changes late in the process, its nice to know the little folks can still make their mark in Hollywood.

What did you think of 47 Meters Down? And will you be watching the sequel? Let us know in the comments down below!

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