Leterrier reportedly left the project due to story changes and budget cuts since the recent regime change at the studio, with original co-president Michael De Luca exiting for Universal. When we spoke to Collet-Serra back in March, he was already working with Sony and screenwriter Sheldon Turner on adapting the “Sniper Elite” novel series by “American Sniper” author Scott McEwen, so he has apparently forged a solid working relationship within the studio.
Sharks are also a hot property right now in post-Jurassic World Hollywood, as the long-gestating giant prehistoric shark pic Meg was recently given the green light by Warner Bros. with Eli Roth in the director’s chair.
Here’s the synopsis for In The Deep, described as a cross between Jaws and Gravity: A young twenty-something woman dealing with the recent death of her mother is surfing on an isolated beach and gets stranded 20 yards offshore on a buoy. What lies between her and the shore is a huge great white shark. She must find a way back to shore before succumbing to her injuries.
The ocean-bound Black List script for In the Deep is by Anthony Jaswinski, with Weimaraner Republic Pictures partners Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem attached to produce.
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