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No Way Up - What We Know So Far

With the recent uptick in reboots, remakes, and book adaptations, it often feels like every new release has already been done before. Regardless of your feelings about this phenomenon, it makes the news of original releases all the more intriguing.

On October 27, The Hollywood Reporter announced an upcoming survival-thriller and offered some details about the new film. "No Way Up" is based on a screenplay by Andy Mayson ("47 Meters Down") and will be directed by Claudio Fäh ("Northmen: A Viking Saga"). According to the news outlet, the plane crash film will be a "rollercoaster combination of disaster movie and survival thriller."

Producer Mike Runagall called the film "arresting and highly commercial." Though "No Way Up" was just announced and details are still developing, THR revealed enough to get action movie fans excited about this project.

Here's everything we know so far about "No Way Up" regarding its release date, plot, and cast.

When will the film be released?

Unfortunately, it's too early to know when "No Way Up" will be released. We know that production will begin on the island of Malta in the spring of 2022 (via THR), which was also confirmed by Altitude Film Sales on Instagram.

Based on this location and its balmy Mediterranean climate, we can assume that the film's events will occur in spring or summer. However, their plane is trapped underwater in an air pocket for presumably the majority of the runtime, so the weather may not factor in at all. Additionally, "No Way Up" is set in the Pacific Ocean instead of the Mediterranean Sea, which surrounds Malta, so who knows where their plane will be when it crashes.

The action-packed film would make for a perfect summer blockbuster, and with the production schedule set for next spring, it's fair to speculate that "No Way Up" could have an early summer 2023 release date. Potential movie-goers will have to wait and see.

Who is starring in No Way Up?

According to Deadline, "No Way Up" will be led by Kelsey Grammer ("Fraiser") and Phyllis Logan ("Downton Abbey"). Little is known about their roles so far, but Altitude Film Sales shared that the film "sees characters from very different backgrounds thrown together" (via Instagram).

While Grammer is best known for portraying Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers" and "Frasier," the acclaimed actor has starred in plenty of action movies over the years like "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Ironically, one of his latest films was a heist story that takes place set in the sky called "Money Plane."

Logan, on the other hand, tends to star in dramas and comedies. The actress is best known as Mrs. Hughes on "Downton Abbey" and Lady Jane Felsham on "Lovejoy." She recently joined the cast of the BBC's "Guilt," where she portrays a devoted mother in a wheelchair (via The Sunday Post).

Behind the scenes, "No Way Up" will feature producers Annalise Davis ("Up There") and Molly Conners ("Birdman"), as well as Mayson, Runagall, and Will Clarke from Altitude Film Entertainment.

What will No Way Up be about?

"No Way Up" will follow an unlikely partnership between two characters — portrayed by Kelsey Grammer and Phyllis Logan — when they're thrust into survival mode after their flight goes down over the Pacific Ocean. With their damaged plane on the verge of sinking and a limited air supply for the passengers and crew members, the odds of surviving seem impossible.

According to Fäh, the thriller is "a gripping story of survival in the extreme" (per THR). Based on the plot details we know so far, "extreme" seems to be the perfect word to describe this horrifying scenario.

"A rollercoaster ride filled with suspense and thrills, with a group of wonderfully crafted characters who are driving this story, overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles," the director went on (via THR). "To bring them to life with a cast of this calibre is a wonderful opportunity."

"No Way Up" will be optioned to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market (via THR).