Move over Jaws, we have a new predator in the sea. Meg will be getting its big screen debut in 2018. The new film is based on Steve Alten’s novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. Meg features the story of Jonas Taylor, ex-Navy diver, as he tracks down the prehistoric shark Megalodon (Meg). The Meg is a 75-foot-long shark from the Cenozoic era – weighing approximately 48 metric tons. Yeah, that’s right, this shark has the capability of taking down a T-Rex!
Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is directing this terrifying shark story after Eli Roth (Hostel) recently dropped out of the project. Author Steve Alton had this to say about Roth’s departure per iHorror, “I can’t say much on the Eli Roth situation other than I have great respect for Eli as a director and the decision had nothing to do with his abundant talent both behind and in front of the camera. Plus, he’s into sharks for all the right reasons. I am crossing my fingers that he will direct another adaptation of mine.” It is rumored Roth dropped out of the project due to creative differences.
Jason Statham (Transporter) was cast as the main lead Jonas Taylor. Statham fits the role perfectly as an action hero and it was Statham’s involvement in the film that helped the project continue. Opposite Statham’s character is Li Bingbing playing Suyin. The character is an expert oceanographer’s daughter who works with Taylor to hunt and kill the Meg. Both characters will have ample screen time together in the film as they do in the book series.
Meg will hit the screens March 2018. If you want more on the film definitely look more in Steve Alten’s Meg Series. In the series, there is a total of five books that chronicle Jonas’ story with the prehistoric shark. The Meg takes the cake over Jaws any day of the week; this shark is larger than a school bus. The picture of the shark is the stuff nightmares are made of, so just wait until we get to watch it on screen and see all the terror it will bring. Will you be going to see this massive creature at the theatre?