- “The Black Demon” is a new shark movie directed by Adrian Grünberg and features an ensemble cast including Josh Lucas and Fernanda Urrejola.
- According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is performing well on Prime Video, surpassing other popular titles like “Red, White, & Royal Blue.”
- Producer Javier Chapa believes part of the movie’s success is due to its Latinx representation both in front of and behind the camera, appealing to a hungry Latinx audience. Producers are already discussing a sequel.
A sequel to The Black Demon could be in the cards. The movie, which debuted on Prime Video on August 22, is a brand-new giant shark movie from Rambo: Last Blood director Adrian Grünberg that features an ensemble cast that includes Josh Lucas, Fernanda Urrejola, Julio Cesar Cedillo, and Omar Chaparro. The movie follows a man whose work trip to Baja California turned family vacation is ruined when a ravenous megalodon leaves them stranded on an oil rig.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, The Black Demon is charting above other Amazon hits including Red, White, & Royal Blue and The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2. Producer Javier Chapa attributes some of their success to the fact that the movie, which was filmed in the Dominican Republic, features Latinx creators both in front of and behind the camera, serving a hungry Latinx audience. Whatever the reason for the movie’s success, THR teases that producers are already in talks about creating a sequel.
Shark Movie Franchises Are Seemingly Unsinkable
It’s hardly a surprise that The Black Demon is potentially getting a sequel, considering the historical track record for giant shark movies. Ever since Steven Spielberg’s great white shark thriller Jaws graced theaters in 1975 and more or less invented the summer blockbuster, giant sharks and other aquatic creatures have reigned supreme in cinemas. The shark subgenre seems especially able to launch movie franchises, no matter the budget level.
Jaws itself spawned three sequels, running until the release of 1987’s Jaws: The Revenge. However, many other shark movies have garnered their own franchises, including the big-budget blockbusters Deep Blue Sea and The Meg (in fact, Meg 2: The Trench was just released earlier this month). However, small-screen or low-budget movies like Sharknado, 47 Meters Down, and now possibly The Black Demon have also received expanded franchises.
Given this history, it seems entirely likely that a sequel to The Black Demon will be officially greenlit. In fact, the franchise could become even more robust in no time at all. Although the sequel’s development would be delayed by the ongoing writers and actors strikes as the WGA and SAG-AFTRA continue to fight for fair pay, The Black Demon 2 seems not just plausible but probable.