What The Exorcist is to possession movies, Jaws is to shark movies: a classic film that will likely never be equaled in its subgenre. There have been some fine shark attack films during the past few years, though, and absolutely some fun ones. RLJE Films and Shudder are releasing their entry into sharksploitation and survival horror this summer with Great White, and it sounds like it should be a winner. Following is the official press announcement.
RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, and Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, have acquired the North American rights to the horror/action film, GREAT WHITE from Altitude Film Sales. RLJE Films plans to release the film in theaters this summer with Shudder premiering the film on its platform later in the year.
Written by Michael Boughen (Dying Breed) and directed by Martin Wilson in his feature debut, GREAT WHITE stars Katrina Bowden (Piranha 3DD, “30 Rock”), Aaron Jakubenko (“Tidelands”), Kimie Tsukakoshi (Riptide), Tim Kano (“Neighbours”), and Te Kohe Tuhaka (Love and Monsters, “The Dead Lands”).
“We’ve all been afraid to go back into the water since 1975 and GREAT WHITE is going to keep us out of the water for years to come,” says Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films. “There is no better time than the summer to bring this suspenseful and terrifying new film to audiences.”
In GREAT WHITE, a blissful tourist trip turns into a nightmare when five seaplane passengers are stranded miles from shore. In a desperate bid for survival, the group try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing terror lurking just beneath the surface.
GREAT WHITE was produced by Neal Kingston (Nerve), Michael Robertson (The Reef), and Pam Collis (Black Water: Abyss) through new production outfit Thrills & Spills. Ward and Jess De Leo on behalf of RLJE Films and Emily Gotto from Shudder negotiated the deal with Mike Runagall and Gursharn Khaira of Altitude Films on behalf of the filmmakers.