Story direction emerges for Greenland: Migration

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The director of the planned apocalyptic sequel Greenland 2 has been chatting about where the story will pick up… and where things may go. 

Greenland was a popular streaming release during the lockdown period of early 2021, picking up strong word of mouth and sparking interest in a sequel. Ric Roman Waugh is returning to helm the sequel and star, Gerard Butler will be back too.

STX picked up the rights to the sequel before running into financial difficulties and have since been acquired themselves by Najafi Companies back in April of last year. Whilst that has meant the project has had to leap over a few more hurdles than normal, both Waugh and Butler have been busy working on the upcoming action thriller, Kandahar.

Waugh has been talking to Collider about Greenland: Migration and he’s shared a few story details to whet the appetite. According to the helmer, “It’s 5 to 7 years later. It’s enough that, which was very true about the last extinction event, was that there was so much toxicity in the atmosphere that nobody could live above ground for quite a while. There was still fires and there’s all kinds of stuff going on, ash, you couldn’t breathe.”

As for the characters themselves, Waugh goes on to say that “we went by science and allowed a number of years to go by to where you realise that these people have been imprisoned underground. What does that do to the human psyche? How does that contribute to when you do go into a migration mode and you’re trying to find new places to survive and you have all of that trauma? A little boy that was eight years old, or seven years old, that’s now 13 or 14, what is his life as a teenager when he’s known nothing else but cement walls and underground? These are the things that we want to play with. So we feel like time underground, it’s factual of what happened, but also it helps us with story.”

It all sounds pretty thrilling to us. The first Greenland had a layer of urgent pathos to it that elevated it beyond your standard apocalyptic visual effects thriller and if Waugh’s comments are anything to go by, the follow-up will be imbued with the same type of dramatic tension.

No release date has yet been revealed for Greenland: Migration but the film is expected to enter production soon. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it.

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