I don’t know about you, but I always felt the one thing missing from Renny Harlin’s enjoyable B-Movie Deep Blue Sea was the lack of remote-controlled sharks. Generating a modest $164 million worldwide, and selling a shipload of DVDs, a sequel was a no-brainer. Tentatively titled Deep Red Sea, a theatrical follow-up got quite close to being made, but the project was ultimately abandoned.
Back in 2008, Warner Bros wanted to get a sequel out on their direct to video label after the success of Lost Boys 2 and 3. Shark movies remain popular, and Warner Premiere seemed like the perfect home for the belated sequel. Well, nine years after that announcement and Syfy nabbed the rights and Deep Blue Sea 2 is screening on the home of Sharknado later this year.
Here’s the official synopsis which takes many many works to say silly humans experiment on sharks, things get bitey.
In Deep Blue Sea 2, shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre) is invited to consult on a new, top secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Michael Beach). When science meddles with the time-tested process of nature and nurture, the outcome can be deadly.
Having seen Deep Blue Sea more times than I care to admit, the sequel sets things up as a reboot (some shots are identical) despite the number in the title. My fascination with shark movies hasn’t diminished as I’ve gotten older, thanks to SyFy, and movies like The Shallows, Cage Dive, and The Reef, there is a never-ending stream of shark movies to consume. Naturally, the benchmark for a watchable shark movie is much lower than other genres, and I’ll give and mega-shark vs giant sea bastard a watch for twenty minutes.
Ignoring my taste for late night B-Movies, Deep Blue Sea 2 looks ridiculous enough to be fun while it’s on, and it will be broadcast on SyFy later this year.