The team behind the 2007 survival thriller Black Water are reuniting to make a sequel, with Altitude Film Sales on board and set to introduce it to buyers in Berlin at the EFM, Variety writes.
Director and producer team Andrew Traucki (The Reef) and Michael Robertson are making Black Water: Abyss and hoping to repeat the success of the original 2007 feature, which was set in Australia’s mangrove swamps and inspired by a real-life crocodile attack.
“Black Water: Abyss follows an adventure-loving couple who convince their friends to explore a remote cave system in the forests of Northern Australia. With a storm approaching, they abseil into the mouth of the cave, which starts to flood, and find themselves threatened by a pack of crocodiles, setting up a tense survival drama.”
Mike Runagall from Altitude said the sequel will retain the feel of the original, which largely eschewed CGI and was shot with live crocodiles. “Black Water: Abyss employs the same ingenious approach on a much larger canvas to deliver a highly commercial high-concept thriller from a team with a proven track record in this arena,” he said.
Producer Robertson added: “Like all films in this genre, Black Water: Abyss is designed to terrify and scare, cause dread and alarm, to invoke our worst hidden fears – in this case, a fear heavily imprinted in our genes, the fear of being eaten alive by a vicious, unreasoning predator.”
Casting is underway. It was written by Sarah Smith and Ian John Ridley.