We heard Deep Blue Sea 2 was to be totally awesome and totally ridiculous, so why didn’t it happen? Read on…
Jack Perez weighed in on “what happened to Deep Blue Sea 2” with Birth.Movies.Death. Apparently, the Deep Blue Sea sequel was in the pre-production phase when Warner Bros. ultimately pulled the plug.
Gee, thanks Warner Bros. people Love shark movies. It is what scares us all, not knowing whats in the water when having fun at the beach. He was hired to write and direct the movie.
Perez explains what happened:
“I went in with a pitch. I didn’t know exactly what they were looking for, but it seemed that the natural way to go was to jack it up the way Aliens had jacked things up into a combat film. So that’s what I pitched, and Matt Bierman, the senior vice president at Warner Premiere, essentially said, ‘That sounds great.’ It was one of those rare circumstances where you pitch something and they just say, ‘Good, you’ve got the job to write and direct it.’ It was funny, because I had gone up for different directing jobs at Warner Premiere and hadn’t landed anything, but I think it was because Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus was in the air, and their thinking was, ‘Well, this guy knows sharks, so he’s perfect for Deep Blue Sea 2.'”
At the time, Warner Bros. reportedly didn’t want to restrict Jack Perez all that much. He was able to run with it and that is where we see how it got canned. Warner Bros. wanted Perez to keep the idea of experimenting on and enhancing sharks, he didn’t have to pick up where the other left off, but that would have been awesome. Instead, he wanted to surgically alter the sharks to have machine guns, missiles and other such weapons.
Yeah, the movie just dropped to a D-List pile of poo!
“What they were interested in was keeping the theme of shark experimentation. The script is about this scientific research ship that is seized by Somali pirates, and a team of Navy SEALs have to go in and take them out. The whole ship is basically a gigantic floating laboratory, with a maze of tunnels that the sharks can travel through that open up into tanks. My thinking was that this was Sgt. Rock vs. sharks, so I developed this platoon kind of based on my favorite Sgt. Rock characters. To a certain degree, it was similar to what they did in Predator; there were definitely echoes of that sort of motley group…I honestly didn’t even think of Austin Powers when I came up with that. My whole intention was to play it as straight as possible, so that the kind of stuff that was used in Austin Powers as a gag, or later in things like Sharknado purely as camp, would be done pretty direct and dark. On paper, it seems absolutely comical, but my intention was to make these sharks Frankenstein-style mutations that were tragic and violent. With the exception of the quipping between the soldiers, it wasn’t going to be played for humor. It would have been tricky with the budget I had [under $5 million], but I figured I could keep the pace going and make it relentless, and that would have been the key to its success.”
This sounds interesting, but without a real budget in place the movie would come off camp. We totally understand why Warner Bros. switched gears during the pre-production phase of Deep Blue Sea 2 and decided not to move forward with it.
“They were really happy with the script, I was already meeting with different special effects facilities and we were about to begin casting. That’s when they decided it just wasn’t physically possible, even though the budget was relatively low. At the time, DVD sales were suffering, and I think they just made an accounting decision to not do it, along with other movies.”
Hollywood is littered with projects that almost were but never actually came to be. These days its all about the franchise. We think its time Warner Bros. goes back to the drawing board and creates a Deep Blue Sea Universe. Maybe another facility working on different species of sharks (Hammerheads, Great Whites, Tiger Sharks and Bull Sharks). They can incorporate some of Jack Perez ideas like the missiles on Tiger Sharks, Guns on Bull Sharks and Hammerheads and Great Whites can be enhance with intelligence and more. All tactical. It can start off a year after the failed Parkinson experiment. This time the sharks are at another facility that was working on other methods of madness teaching them how to attack our enemies, except the whole thing goes left, the sharks get out and facility employees are trapped in a maze of blood and teeth. It’s Saw on steroids.
Would you go and watch that? Bait is a great shark movie if you haven’t seen it. And if you love unknowning teens getting eaten by sharks then we recommend Shark Attack. The last Shark movie that did damage at the box office was The Shallows. The movie is superb.