'Black Water: Abyss' will be only new release in UK cinemas when they reopen on 4 July

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
·2-min read

Altitude’s killer crocodile sequel Black Water: Abyss has won the race to be the first new release to hit UK cinemas when they begin to reopen on 4 July.

The film, slated for wide release on 10 July, will have previews from Saturday, 4 July, the first day UK cinemas can officially begin to welcome customers back. Check out a new trailer for the film above.

As it stands, this is currently the only new release coming to cinemas this coming weekend.

Not every cinema will be open mind you, with Odeon and Showcase Cinemas the only nationwide chains to confirm plans to reopen some sites from Saturday. Cineworld and Picturehouse have delayed their plans to reopen to 31 July after a number of big releases were delayed to August including Tenet and Mulan. Vue’s plan to reopen remains to be confirmed.

The cinemas that will reopen this weekend will by showing a selection of classic and recent films such as 1917, Bad Boys For Film, and The Dark Knight.

The UK poster for Black Water: Abyss. (Altitude)
The UK poster for Black Water: Abyss. (Altitude)

According to a synopsis for Black Water: Abyss, a sequel to 2007’s Black Water, the film “sees adventure-seeking couple Eric (Luke Mitchell, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Jennifer (Jessica McNamee, The Meg) convincing their friends Yolanda (Amali Golden, The Invisible Man) and Viktor (Benjamin Hoetjes, 10x10) to explore an uncharted cave system, in remote North Australia, with the help of the unpredictable Cash (Anthony J. Sharpe, Robert The Bruce) as their guide.”

A still from Black Water: Abyss. (Altitude)
A still from Black Water: Abyss. (Altitude)

“As a tropical storm floods the caves the adventurers are trapped in the dark recesses underground, cut off from the outside world. As the waters rise they soon realise they aren’t alone, and their desperate attempt to escape turns into a frantic man and woman versus crocodile fight for survival.”

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Andrew Traucki, who directed the original, returns for the sequel.

“Altitude are excited to be working with our exhibition partners as they reopen UK and Irish cinemas this Summer with the release of Black Water: Abyss on 10 July,” said an Altitude spokesperson.

Jessica McNamee arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "CHIPS" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jessica McNamee arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "CHIPS" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“We’re confident that cinemas will observe appropriate government guidance to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for audiences and staff and we look forward to auditoriums welcoming enthusiastic filmgoers to re-engage the big screen experience.”

Cineworld has revealed its plan to protect its staff and customers when they reopen, with safety measures including contactless payments, staggered film times to avoid customer crossover, and new seating maps to ensure social distancing between visitors.