In no coincidence whatsoever, hours before Warner Bros. began screening “The Meg” nationwide, Entertainment Studios dropped the teaser trailer Thursday for its own shark film. “47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter” is the sequel to “47 Meters Down,” last year’s second-highest grossing indie ($44 million domestic). The follow-up, once again from British director Johannes Roberts, was greenlit in October, with the working title “48 Meters Down.”
“47 Meters Down” starred Mandy Moore and was released three months before the premiere of her hit NBC series “This Is Us.” She and Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries”) played sisters vacationing in Mexico who encounter multiple sharks while scuba diving; only the former survived. “We’d never really seen a shark movie do poorly, so I felt good about it,” Entertainment Studios founder, owner, chairman, and CEO Byron Allen told IndieWire in 2017, when asked about the film that put him in the distribution business.
The wordless new teaser features more ocean predators and a few screams but none of the involved actors’ names. As with its predecessor, the script was penned by Roberts and Ernest Riera, who hails from Spain. James Harris and Mark Lane — both worked on this month’s Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder rom-com, “Destination Wedding” — are back as producers, along with Wayne Marc Godfrey (“Wind River”), plus BAFTA and Film Independent Spirit Award nominee Robert Jones (“The Usual Suspects”).
A division of Entertainment Studios, Freestyle Releasing, will next bring “God Bless the Broken Road” to theaters on September 7. Entertainment Studios’ earlier 2018 slate included box-office disappointment “The Hurricane Heist” ($6 million) and specialty success “Chappaquiddick” ($17 million).
“47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter” will be released in June 2019. Watch the trailer below.