Discovery's Shark Week 2019 will include its first ever original, feature-length movie, which features Transformers actor Josh Duhamel in a starring role. The annual Discovery Channel event first aired back in 1988 with a week full of shark-focused shows that aimed to bust common misconceptions about sharks and promote their conservation. An instant hit with Discovery Channel fans, the long-running event is watched today by over 30 million viewers.
This year’s Shark Week is the 31st edition of the programming event and will air between July 28 and August 4. Throughout the week, viewers will be treated to over 20 hours of shark-based content and appearances from celebrities including Damon Wayans, Adam DeVine (The Lego Batman Movie) and Joel McHale (Community). Rob Riggle (Dumb and Dumber To) will also be on hand as host of Shark Week’s nightly wrap-up talk show, Shark After Dark.
An original scripted film, however, is a first for Shark Week. As reported by The Wrap, the film is called Capsized: Blood in the Water and is produced by Stephen David Entertainment. Since news of the movie broke, Discovery Channel has released a teaser that gives a chilling first look at the movie and the cast in action as they cling - terrified and exhausted - to a flimsy-looking lifeboat adrift at sea while being stalked by a shark. You can watch the Capsized: Blood in the Water trailer below.
It’s based on the true story of a 1982 shark encounter and follows a group of people on a yacht on its way to Florida. After an unexpected storm hits, their yacht is capsized and the group are left adrift in the Atlantic where they find themselves at the mercy of a school of tiger sharks. As their hope of being rescued fades, the group must do all they can to survive as they are hunted by the tiger sharks. Alongside Duhamel, the cast also features Tyler Blackburn (Roswell, New Mexico), Rebekah Graf (The Dirt), Beau Garrett (The Good Doctor) and Josh Close (The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair).
Whether Shark Week’s first original scripted movie will be a successful programming move remains to be seen. The killer shark genre can be very hit-and-miss. On the one hand, you have classics like Jaws (although, the less said about its sequels the better) and other great shark movies like Open Water and The Shallows. On the other hand, there are a lot of truly terrible shark movies out there too.
It remains to be seen which end of shark movie quality spectrum Capsized: Blood on the Water will fall on, but those interested can find out during Shark Week when the movie airs on Wednesday July 31 at 9pm.