“48 Meters Down” Is ‘The Descent Underwater’

Prolific horror film director Johannes Roberts says that “48 Meters Down,” his upcoming sequel to the surprise shark-themed hit “47 Meters Down,” is not only going bigger but is looking to another classic horror film for inspiration – Neil Marshall’s “The Descent”.

“47 Meters Down” followed two young female divers trapped during a cage dive by hungry sharks. The film went on to make over $61 million worldwide from a budget of only $5.5 million.

The follow-up, due for release June next year, is being linked to the previous film only by theme. The story follows a group of spelunkers in Brazil who become trapped by sharks in submerged ruins, and Roberts describes it to Bloody Disgusting as:

“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 in Brazil, an underwater city‚Ķ It’ll 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 that the sequel.”

The director also admits that most filming will take place in a water tank purely because it would be so dangerous to film otherwise. Roberts also helmed the horror sequel “The Strangers: Prey at Night” which opens later this year.