LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures (ESMP), the theatrical distribution division of Byron Allen's global media company Entertainment Studios (www.entertainmentstudios.com), is proud to announce the cast of suspense thriller 47 METERS DOWN - UNCAGED, the official sequel to 2017's highest-grossing independent movie, the Johannes Roberts-helmedshark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which has grossed over $58 million worldwide to date. The newly-added cast includes:
John Corbett (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, SEX IN THE CITY) as 'Grant'
Nia Long (BOYZ N THE HOOD, EMPIRE) as 'Jennifer'
Sophie Nelisse (THE BOOK THIEF)as 'Mia'
Corinne Foxx (in her film debut) as 'Sasha'
Sistine Stallone (in her film debut) as 'Nicole'
Brianne Tju (LIGHT AS A FEATHER, SCREAM tv series) as 'Alexa'
Davi Santos (POLAROID, MR. BOX OFFICE) as 'Ben'
Khylin Rhambo (ENDER'S GAME, TEEN WOLF, THE FIRST FAMILY) as 'Carl'
47 METERS DOWN - UNCAGED begins principal photography this week in the Dominican Republic, then continues the shoot in the United Kingdom. 47 METERS DOWN - UNCAGED is slated for domestic theatrical release on 3,500+ screens on June 28, 2019.
The original 47 METERS DOWN was a surprise box office hit, grossing over $44.3 million in North America on a $5.5 million budget, making it the highest-grossing independent movie of 2017. ESMP bought the title from Dimension Films, which had initially planned to release the movie on DVD only. The original movie followed two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) who get trapped underwater during a diving excursion, where they become hunted by Great White sharks.
Following in the footsteps of the original, 47 METERS DOWN - UNCAGED is a deep-sea horror/thriller, directed, and exec produced, by Johannes Roberts (47 METERS DOWN, the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL reboot), from a script he co-wrote with his 47 METERS DOWN co-writer, Ernest Riera. James Harris, Mark Lane and Robert Jones of The Fyzz are producing with Byron Allen, Carolyn Folks, and Jennifer Lucas executive producing.
47 METERS DOWN - UNCAGED tells the story of four teens diving in a ruined underwater city, who quickly find themselves in a watery hell as their adventure turns to horror when they learn they are not alone in the submerged caves. As they swim deeper into the claustrophobic labyrinth of caves they enter the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
"The sequel 47 METERS DOWN - UNCAGED is well-positioned to be a big summer event movie," said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios. "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!!!"
"Johannes and Ernest have written a nerve-shredding sequel, which we are already seeing Johannes bring to life in the early days of our shoot," said James Harris, Producer and Managing Director of The Fyzz. "We are delighted to have assembled such a great cast for the film and couldn't be happier to be working alongside Byron Allen and his excellent team at Entertainment Studios."
About Entertainment Studios Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded Entertainment Studios in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, and Raleigh. Entertainment Studios owns eight 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 160 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 41 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations. With a library of over 5,000 hours of owned content across multiple genres, Entertainment Studios provides video content to broadcast television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, multimedia platforms, and the World Wide Web. Our mission is to provide excellent programming to our viewers, online users, and Fortune 500 advertising partners.
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures is a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company specializing in wide release commercial content. ESMP released 2017's highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which grossed over $44.3 million. In 2018, ESMP also released the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Western HOSTILES and the historic mystery-thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK. Upcoming releases include the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller REPLICAS, the Jeremy Renner/Heidi Klum-starring animated feature ARCTIC DOGS, the John Krasinski/Emily Blunt-starring animated feature ANIMAL CRACKERS, and Joe Carnahan'sMel Gibson/Naomi Watts starring action-thriller BOSS LEVEL. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films. For more information, visit: www.entertainmentstudios.com
About The Fyzz Based in London and Los Angeles, The Fyzz is a proliﬁc production and ﬁnancing company specializing in feature film content and international television drama series.
The company has invested more than $300m into over 225 feature ﬁlms with an aggregate production spend in excess of $2bn. As well as co-financing such titles as Taylor Sheridan's WIND RIVER, WHAT THEY HAD starring Hillary Swank and A PRIVATE WAR starring Rosamund Pike, recent in-house productions include US box oﬃce smash hit 47 METERS DOWN, Martin Campbell's THE FOREIGNER starring Jackie Chan, horror reboot THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, DESTINATION WEDDING starring Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves and FINAL SCORE with Dave Bautista and Pierce Brosnan.
Upcoming projects ﬁnanced and produced by The Fyzz include thriller THE INFORMER, a co-production with Thunder Road Films, starring Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman, Ana de Armas, Common and Clive Owen, and Matt Holness' BFI supported debut POSSUM. The company is in post-production on the Marc Meyers helmed WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS and is due to shoot Martin Campbell's CITY OF MIST next year.