Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Acquires Worldwide Rights To ’48 Meters Down’Posted by Wilson Morales
October 26, 2017
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures (ESMP), the theatrical distribution division of Byron Allen’s global media company Entertainment Studios, is proud to announce it has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the suspense thriller 48 Meters Down from The Fyzz Facility. 48 Meters Down is the official sequel to 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, the Mandy Moore/Claire Holt shark thriller 47 Meters Down, which has grossed over $58 million worldwide to date. 48 Meters Down is slated for worldwide theatrical release on June 28, 2019.
Following in the footsteps of the original, 48 Meters Down is a deep-sea horror/thriller, 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 and instrumental in realising the project will be executive producers on the sequel. Roberts recently wrapped production on Strangers: Prey at Night, a follow-up to the original 2008 suspense thriller starring Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman, which The Fyzz Facility produced and financed.
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.
ESMP currently has a multi-year output deal with Netflix. Other movie titles recently acquired by ESMP include the Rob Cohen-helmed action/thriller The Hurricane Heist, the Keanu Reeves sci-fi action/thriller Replicas, the thriller Chappaquiddick, and the critically-acclaimed Christian Bale feature Hostiles. ESMP’s acquisition of Chappaquiddick and Replicas was announced last month at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
“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. “Johannes deftly shapes these narratives with twists that heighten the suspense and excitement, we know this sequel will again be an extraordinary ride that will take filmgoers around the world deeper into the sharks Ocean playground.”
“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.