‘The Sea Beast’ Sequel Sets Sail At Netflix

One of the best animated movies of 2022 is getting a sequel! Netflix’s CGI adventure The Sea Beast, a How to Train your Dragon-esque story involving ship captains fighting sea monsters, will get a new film once again directed by Chris Williams, who has inked a deal to return.

THR reports that director/co-writer Williams has a couple of projects on the way for Netflix, and one of them is The Sea Beast 2. The sequel is expected to see Karl Urban return as heroic sea captain Jacob Holland, with Zaris-Angel Hator again voicing the former stowaway-turned-adoptive daughter Maisie Brumble. Together, they helped turn an adversarial relationship between humans and sea beasts into one of cooperation. Presumably that peace won’t last long.

I never thought beyond the first movie. We were not planning for a series,” said Williams. “Suddenly Jacob is a parent, a parent to an especially willful kid, right? […] So the idea of the challenges of this new family became interesting to me.”

The other project Williams is developing is described as being similar in scope to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones with a tone he likens to The Princess Bride.

Um, that sounds pretty damn ambitious.

Both films are being developed side-by-side and one of them will likely be co-directed by Owen Sullivan, a story head on The Sea Beast. That film turned out to be a gigantic hit for Netflix last year, becoming their most-watched animated movie ever. I feel like it was overshadowed with the arrival of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, so it’s good to see that Netflix wants more.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.