Back in September is was reported that Sony won a bidding war for a new Shark thriller in the style of Open Water and The Reef. Titled In the Deep, it looks like the film may have found its director.
Deadline reports that Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans) is looking to finalize a deal to direct the film.
Sony bought the spec script by Tony Jaswinski in September and set it up with former Warner Bros executive Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem as part of their recently launched producing banner Weimaraner Republic Pictures.
Leshem told Variety that he and Harris were impressed with Leterrier’s take on the story, noting that the director and Harris worked together on 2010’s “Clash of the Titans.” “He’s a very visual director, and he’s got a very clear vision of what this will look like,” he added.
Leterrier’s credits include “The Incredible Hulk” and the first two “Transporter” movies. He’s currently directing spy comedy “Grimsby,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Rebel Wilson.
Deadline describes the story:
Tonally, the spec is described as a cross between 127 Hours meets Jaws, with a touch of Gravity thrown in for good measure. A young woman who is 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. It’s an emotional piece for a young twentysomething star.