Renny Harlin on his vision for action epic ‘Deep Water’: “I feel like a kid again”

Action director Renny Harlin has shared his excitement over the upcoming survival thriller Deep Water from Simmons/Hamilton Productions, the new venture launched here by Kiss legend Gene Simmons and Arclight Films head Gary Hamilton, declaring: “I feel like a kid again.”

Talking to Screen, Harlin, whose credits include Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and Deep Blue Sea, said he had not planned to make another film so soon after wrapping production on Lionsgate’s The Strangers reboot trilogy and The Bricklayer for Millennium Media.

“I felt like I was in the strongest position of my career in 20 years,” the director said, “and then this bastard [Hamilton] sends me Deep Water. My wife [a co-producer on the project], told me I had to do it. Big, epic action.”

The filmmakers have earmarked a fourth quarter start in New Zealand ahead of a summer 2024 theatrical release for the story about international passengers whose plane makes an emergency landing in shark-infested waters. Deep Water will shoot partly in Europe and post-production will take place in Australia.

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