Sequel to disaster movie Greenland: Migration has avoided disaster in the Cannes virtual market this year. The movie, a sequel to 2020 Greenland starring Gerard Butler, has now sold its worldwide rights to STXfilms for a whopping $75 million, the biggest deal at Cannes this year. STX reportedly invested $25 million for the domestic rights to Greenland: Migration, while the studio also bought the foreign rights for an additional $50 million.
The Greenland sequel reportedly attracted a lot of interest in the virtual market, especially among indie buyers. However, as usually happens with this kind of blockbuster fare, STX, who distributed the first film, took advantage of their matching option and will now continue their journey through the apocalypse alongside Butler and director Ric Roman Waugh.
Released in December 2020 after multiple delays amid ongoing conditions, the first Greenland begins when scientists make a surprising discovery. Fragments of a comet will hit Earth in a few days and will likely cause the extinction of humanity, and the only hope for survival is to take shelter in a group of bunkers in Greenland. Greenland follows a family who must fight for survival as they make their way to rescue before the comet collides with the planet. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan embark on a perilous journey to their only hope of refuge.
Amid terrifying news reports of cities around the world being destroyed by the comet’s fragments, the Garrities experience the best and worst in humanity as they battle the mounting panic and lawlessness that surrounds them. As the countdown to the global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible journey culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.
The sequel, Greenland: Migration, picks up where the first film left off, reintroducing the Garrity family, who survived a near-extinction event when an interstellar comet hits Earth, and must now leave the safety of the Greenland bunker and embark on a perilous journey across the decimated frozen wasteland of Europe to find a new home. Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin will reprise their roles as John and Allison Garrity, respectively. While it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, Roger Dale Floyd will also likely return as their son, Nathan Garrity.
The first film received generally positive reviews from critics, grossing $52.3 million worldwide, and the sequel is expected to build on the post-apocalyptic world that has now been created.
Butler and Baccarin will once again be led by filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh from the first film, working from a script from Greenland writer Chris Sparling. The sequel will also reportedly be budgeted for $65 million, which, compared to the first film’s production budget of just $35 million, suggests there’s a lot more room for the ongoing adventures of the Garrity family.
The sequel to the disaster thriller is slated to be released in 2022 and is produced by Basil Iwanyk and Brendon Boyea of Thunder Road Pictures, Gerard Butler and Alan Siegel of G-BASE, and Sebastien Raybaud and John Zois of Anton. Anton fully finances the film and manages all rights. CAA Media Finance co-represents the US This comes to us courtesy of Deadline.
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