Whether anyone cares to admit it or not, Deep Blue Sea is the best shark movie since Jaws and a film Sharknado can only aspire to be.
It tells the story of a crack team of scientists who, in their infinite wisdom, decide to breed super-intelligent sharks with a view to curing illnesses like Alzheimer’s.
But while that plan **probably** sounds like a good idea on paper, things go a little awry when the super smart giant sharks they have been breeding escape and go on the rampage.
Directed by Cliffhanger’s Renny Harlin, a filmmaker not known for restraint, it stars Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Saffron Burrows and, albeit briefly, Samuel L. Jackson.
It’s suitably daft, with any number of ludicrous set pieces and memorable deaths and probably should have spawned a bunch of sequels.
That it didn’t is a damn shame, but what many fans probably don’t realise is that Warner Bros. came very close to doing that.
In fact, Jack Perez – who would go on to create Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus – was even hired to write and direct a follow-up in 2009 before those plans were eventually shelved.
Fortunately, Perez recently revealed to BirthMoviesDeath what Deep Blue Sea 2 would have been like and it sounds awesome.
The plot centred on another sea-based lab, commanded by a Sergeant Nate Pickett who, along with marine biologists Dr Alexander Cruz, was overseeing something similar to the shark-based experiments seen in the first film.
Oh, except for one minor detail: they were also experimenting with special surgically enhanced sharks carrying things like machine guns and torpedos.
Anyway, as if that wasn’t already awesome enough, Perez revealed how he planned on upping the ante even further:
“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.”
“To a certain degree, it was similar to what they did in Predator; there were definitely echoes of that sort of motley group.”
So why didn’t it happen? Well, originally the plan was to release the film straight to DVD and that’s really where the problems lay.
Because not only did the plan to bypass the cinema mean Perez would have to work with a significantly reduced budget but at that point in time the DVD rental market was starting to seriously struggle.
Ultimately the plans were binned, leaving fans everywhere to wonder: what if Warner Bros. had taken a punt on Deep Blue Sea 2 striking gold at the box office again?
Would LL Cool J have provided a soundtrack to rival his effort Deepest Bluest from the first film?
loaded would like to think so.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.