Hollywood goes where the money is, and the money is still in fear-mongering shark movies. Brace yourselves, because "47 Meters Down" is getting a sequel, and the sharks are going to be even scarier this time.
And therefore totally unrealistic, because ... Sharks. Aren't. Killing. Machines.
According to Collider, the sequel is coming summer 2019 and was originally supposed to be called "48 Meters Down." (Ooh, 1 more meter, how terrifying).
The title has since been changed to "47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will follow a new group of people (Mandy Moore is so far not scheduled to re-appear, per Vulture) in Brazil instead of Mexico. The story features a group of girls who ditch the tourist trail and go cave diving on their own.
You can probably guess that they're gonna meet sharks in the cave and be trapped and some people are going to die and there will be a lot of blood and probably one traumatized survivor.
That's just how these movies work.
It makes sense that the studio wanted a sequel. The first "47 Meters Down" made over $40 million, according to another Hollywood Reporter article. The site also reported that Blake Lively's shark movie, "The Shallows," earned $55 million. This summer's shark flick, "The Meg," earned $95 million in 15 days, per Forbes.
There's money to be made in making sharks scary, and the "47 Meters Down" sequel will be no different. An early trailer is already teasing that "next summer the fear goes deeper."
It's continuing to stoke people's fear of sharks.
Variety reported that producer Byron Allen said the sequel will again be a "shark-filled psychological horror/thriller" designed to have viewers "overwhelmed and on the edge of their seats being terrorized by the world's greatest predators."
It's all about fear, fear, fear.
But very often the sharks are hardly the scariest things in these movies. In "The Shallows," Blake Lively's character goes to a beach that no one will tell her the name of, so she can't tell anyone where she is. That's a huge travel no-no.
And "47 Meters Down" had several scary moments before the sharks even arrived. Mandy Moore's character and her sister meet two strangers in Mexico and decide to follow them on a unsanctioned shark dive, on a rusty boat, where they illegally chum the water. Moore's character lies and says she's scuba-certified, before jumping into the water and having no idea what she's doing.
Those are some serious red flags that have nothing to do with the sharks.
Even the sequel seems poised to have a lot of dangers outside the threat of sharks. Leaving a tourist trail while in a foreign country? Never smart, because you don't know the area.
Also, as the movie's director, Johannes Roberts, told horror movie site Bloody Disgusting, cave diving is pretty scary on its own. There's always the risk that you'll get trapped and drown or get injured and be unable to surface.
"It'll all be cave diving, which is the most terrifying thing I've ever done," Roberts said of the film. "It's beyond terrifying so it just seemed like a really great idea to make that the sequel."
According to Variety, the cave divers will contend with the "deadliest shark species in the ocean."
In Brazil, that likely means bull sharks.
According to NatGeo, bull sharks are considered "the most dangerous sharks in the world." Part of that is because they swim and hunt in shallow water near beaches, which puts them in more contact with humans. NatGeo notes that they aren't actively seeking out humans to bite, but they will sometimes attack accidentally or out of curiosity.
BBC reported that the waters off Brazil are considered pretty dangerous. While an average of six people die per year from unprovoked shark attacks, some beaches are more shark-inhabited than others. Australia, South Africa and Brazil all experience heightened shark activity, and the Brazilian city Recife knows that all too well.
According to BBC, 56 shark attacks occurred in the Recife waters between 1992 and 2012, with 21 fatalities. BBC reported that there are more sharks close to shore there because they use a nearby trench to navigate during migration.
The construction of a new port in 1992 also changed the seascape and forced sharks closer inland.
Recife is the setting for the "47 Meters Down" sequel, per the Hollywood Reporter, so it is accurate in that sharks live there and there have been deadly attacks in the last 25 years.
But even 56 attacks and 21 fatalities in 20 years works itself out to just 2.8 attacks a year and one death a year. That's still pretty on par with the international average.
And bull sharks aren't necessarily more dangerous than other sharks; they're just closer to humans more often — especially when said humans create new ports that drive sharks closer to shore.
If you see the sequel, just remember that the indiscriminate human killing shark trope is as fake as the blood these actors will be gushing.