THE WRECK: The Latest Shark Thriller Hits Cannes with SKYLINES Helmer Liam O’Donnell Set to Direct!

By: John M Jerva

Following me on my site will definitely tell you that I’m a huge fan of filmmaker Liam O’Donnell. The prolific visual effects maestro got started in his career with working on such high profile pics such as Iron Man 2 as well as Aliens VS Predator: Requiem.

It wasn’t until he brought fans the first in what has become a trilogy in Skyline, the alien invasion film, that O’Donnell really made a name for himself as he produced and co-wrote the modest budgeted sci-GI thriller. That led to O’Donnell taking the reigns and helming the last two entries Beyond Skyline and the more recent Skylines. Both films have been well received by critics and fans alike and are definitely welcome editions to the genre.

Director Liam O’Donnell on set with Iko Uwais on Beyond Skyline

With that we have news of his latest endeavor which will bring it more down to earth as reports coming out of Variety and the virtual Cannes Film Festival has the filmmaker directing a shark attack thriller aptly titled The Wreck.

Per Variety: Based on a screenplay by Nick Saltrese (“Jetski,” “A Prayer Before Dawn”), the film will follow a group of old college friends who reunite on a Caribbean scuba diving trip exploring the wreckage of a WWII battleship and find themselves trapped inside the underwater labyrinth of rusted metal surrounded by great white sharks.

Altitude Film Sales has brought the project to Cannes for interested buyers and with O’Donnell’s track record, this one should get gobbled up pretty quick. Pardon the pun.

O’Donnell stated in the article: “Who doesn’t want to explore a beautiful underwater shipwreck with smart, funny and gorgeous people as great white sharks try to tear them all to shreds? Nick’s script is a real white knuckled ride and Mark is one of the best underwater cinematographers in the world. I can’t wait to dive in.”

Producing will be handled by Andrew Prendergast and Chris Reed who just recently wrapped production on Jetski which is now in post production. That film was shot during the pandemic. Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall will executive produce via Altitude.

The Wreck will fill in Malta in September and Mark Silk, who worked on the other shark infested thrillers 47 Meters Down and it’s sequel 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, will serve as director of photography.

Keep it locked and loaded right here for more on The Wreck as we are your destination for everything action!

In the meantime, check out O’Donnell’s greatest hits with an adrenalized screen from Skylines!

Source: Variety

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