After almost twenty years we're finally getting a sequel to Renny Harlin's Deep Blue Sea, just not one we can see in cinemas. Not content with their array of shark-themed movies such as Sharktopus and the Sharknado franchise, the SyFy Channel is adding Deep Blue Sea 2 to their roster.

Released back in 1999, Deep Blue Sea might not have replaced Jaws as the ultimate shark movie, but with its genetically enhanced killing machines, Harlin's film was tremendous fun. Grossing more than $160 million worldwide and shifting millions of DVDs, Deep Blue Sea seemed like a safe bet for a follow-up, but it would be a decade become a sequel started to take shape.

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Details of the abandoned 2009 sequel recently surfaced, Jack Perez (Wild Things 2) was hired to write and direct a direct to DVD sequel that would have seen would have seen weaponized smart Sharks take on Navy Seals. Back in April, Perez spoke to Birth.Movies.Death and revealed what might have been.

"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.? Into this seabound shark Habitrail go Sgt. Nate Pickett, NSA geneticist/marine biologist Dr. Alexandra Cruz and Pickett?s multiculti team of bad-ass soldiers. ?My thinking was that this was Sgt. Rock vs. sharks, so I developed this platoon kind of based on my favorite Sgt. Rock characters. To a certain degree, it was similar to what they did in Predator; there were definitely echoes of that sort of motley group."

Despite the plot sounding like something out of Austin Powers, Sharks armed with machine guns and torpedoes seems deliriously entertaining to me. It remains unclear if SyFy's sequel will use any elements from Perez's script, but as filming is already underway, we won't have to wait that long to find out.

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