It might seem like an odd question to ask, but as any fan of films like Jaws and the original 47 Meters Down will tell you, the subject of just how many days those movies shot on the water is an interesting point of discussion.
When it comes to the sequel to that last movie, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, CinemaBlend’s own Jeff McCobb asked after that very subject when he attended the 47 Meters Down: Uncaged junket. The answer was a surprising ratio, as seen in our footage from that particular interview:
First off, that production schedule sounds massively quick, as 47 Meters Down: Uncaged star Brianne Tju seems to think that 80 to 90% of the film was shot in the tanks, with two months in a tank in London on top of that.
So roughly, this all adds up to a couple of weeks frolicking in the sunlight, followed by a huge stretch of time soaked to the bone being chased by imaginary sharks. At least, that’s how the cast make it sound as they describe the exteriors shot in the Dominican Republic, which make up the calmer, less harrowing parts of 47 Meters Down: Uncaged’s overall product.
Those sequences sound like they were heavenly, and Tju’s co-stars Davi Santos and Khylin Rhambo were on hand to attest to that fact during this 47 Meters Down: Uncaged event. After capturing scenes that saw them running on beaches and having summer camp-esque fun, the reality set in once they’d hit the tanks that would simulate the submerged horror of director Johannes Roberts’ sequel to his previous smash-hit shark flick.
Judging by the trailers, that intent was executed rather well, as claustrophobia and panic fill the short look at this new film’s landscape. Though there’s a taste of the sunlit Dominican Republic mixed in, and listening to Brianne Tju, Davi Santos and Khylin Rhambo discussing the ratio between heaven and horror, it sounds like the trailer used the appropriate scale of footage from both components of the film.
How 47 Meters Down: Uncaged will match up to its predecessor or even this summer’s previous aquatic-based horror film Crawl is going to be an interesting subject at this weekend’s box office. Franchise-wise, this is especially intriguing, as that first film made $62.6 million on an estimated $5.3 million budget.
Frankly, all of that seems to go out of the window when looking at the more intense nature of this latest film. If this sequel can scare audiences as much, if not more, than the original, we might just have a sleeper August hit on our hands.
It won’t be long until we have the results, as 47 Meters Down: Uncaged starts its theatrical run in early showings tonight, with a full rollout occurring tomorrow as part of a very crowded weekend. And if you’re interested to see what other horror hits have been released, or are heading your way in the near future, head over to our summer horror guide for the details!
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