High-concept survival thriller The Wreck is going to be shopped around at the upcoming Cannes virtual market. Altitude Film Sales will be behind the push, according to Variety. We do love underwater movies, but where will this sit in terms of quality?
The movie is from a screenplay by Nick Saltrese (A Prayer Before Dawn). It follows a group of old college friends who reunite on a Caribbean scuba diving trip to explore the wreckage of a WWII battleship. They find themselves trapped inside by, what else, great white sharks.
My inner shark-geek is currently screaming, nerdily, that great whites only really tend to occur in the far North of the Caribbean and they tend to come there to breed and birth, but whatever. We’ll go with it.
The Wreck will be directed by Liam O’Donnell who is an ex-VFX guru. He went on to co-write and produce Skyline and, in 2017, wrote his own directorial debut – Beyond Skyline – starring Frank Grillo. O’Donnell said:
“Who doesn’t want to explore a beautiful underwater shipwreck with smart, funny and gorgeous people as great white sharks try to tear them all to shreds? Nick’s script is a real white-knuckled ride and Mark is one of the best underwater cinematographers in the world. I can’t wait to dive in.”
Principal photography will commence in Malta in September. The director of photography is experienced in this genre. It is Mark Silk from 47 Meters Down and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged.
Writer Nick Saltrese also wrote Jetski and after learning that a movie called Jetski existed, I just HAD to look it up! The blurb:
“A group of spring-breakers are enjoying the weekend of a lifetime in Mexico. After a night spent partying on the beach until dawn, the friends steal a couple of jet skis to have some fun out at sea.
But bravado and bad decisions lead to a terrifying head-on collision causing one of the jet-skis to sink, leaving the other broken down and one of the friends badly injured. Alone and adrift two miles from land, this is where the true horror begins.”
I am seeing a trend developing here.