With the massive success of Jurassic World we should expect to see many other creature features greenlit by film studios in order to attempt to cash in. One such movie that was in development for years but has only recently received the OK from Warner Bros. to move forward is a property based on the book Meg. According to Variety:
“The book revolves around two men who band together to neutralize an ancient shark that’s threatening the California coast. The Megaladon, considered one of the largest and most powerful predators in history, can reach a maximum length of 60 feet.”
Warner Bros. will be bringing in horror director Eli Roth (Hostel) to direct from a script by Dean Georgaris (Tomb Raider: The cradle of Life, The Manchurian Candidate). The author of the original novel is Steve Alten. Disney originally held the rights to develope Meg, but the project fell into limbo after Deep Blue Sea, another shark based film, beat it into production back in 1997. When that movie underperformed at the box office, Meg was put on hold.
Would you be interested in seeing a movie about a shark so huge it could devour a freighter whole? Is Warner Bros. correct in assuming that there’s an audience for this type of feature after Jurassic World did so well in its openign weekend? I’ll post more news on Meg as soon as I hear anything.