Is the world ready for a Lake Placid sequel from the director of Dracula 3000? Is the world even ready for yet another Lake Placid sequel? Syfy thinks so, and this time there’s a franchise legacy at stake.
Having been shot in South Africa this past December might also explain why South African filmmaker Darrell Roodt was at the helm of this fifth installment in a franchise that somehow inexplicable became a franchise. Technically, if you count Lake Placid vs. Anaconda as a sequel, this would be the sixth installment. How? Why?
Director Roodt began carving out his career in the early 1990’s with such South African-based features as Sarafina, Dangerous Ground, and Cry, the Beloved Country. But for most of the 2000’s he’s been churning out b-movies, including the height of WTF-ness that is Dracula 3000 AKA Casper Van Dien and Coolio vs. Count Dracula on a spaceship. If you’ve never seen that one, you’re really missing out on something… I don’t have a proper word to end that sentence. Trust me. It’s something.
Roodt is also no stranger to films about people trying to survive nature gone amok scenarios. In 2006, he helmed Cryptid (Lori Petty vs. a monster in the jungle). In 2007, he followed that up with Prey (Bridget Moynahan and Peter Weller vs. African lions) and followed the formula again in 2013’s Safari, which was essentially Prey all over again, only this time as a found footage film. It only makes sense we would now move on to killer crocodiles.
Lake Placid: Legacy is produced by Blue Ice Pictures, the same production crew responsible for the upcoming and equally unlikely sequel Deep Blue Sea 2. As with that follow-up, expect it to premiere on Syfy sometime this spring.
Katherine Barrell, Tim Rozon, Sai Bennett, Greg Kriek, Craig Stein, and Alisha Bailey star in the Roodt-directed cinco-quel penned by Johnathon Lloyd Walker.
Now, you may have noticed that I have yet to give you any plot details. That’s because there is no plot information at this time aside from the film being set 25 years after the events of the original. So, here goes… I’m just gonna take a shot in the dark and give you my best guess what the plot might be about:
Young people having fun at a lake are unaware the area is crawling with one or more enormous man-eating crocodiles.
I think that’s a safe bet. Check out some production images below.