Warner Bros. is moving ahead with a sequel to 2018 giant shark movie The Meg.
At the helm this time will be director Ben Wheatley, whose credits include horror-thriller Kill List (seriously, if you can stomach it, watch that one if you haven’t), dystopian thriller High-Rise, action-comedy Free Fire, and just-released Netflix Gothic drama Rebecca. This will easily be Wheatley’s most mainstream film to date.
Jason Statham will be back as expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor and, as reported by THR, “is said to be creatively involved” in the follow-up as well. The original film’s three screenwriters are attached to the project; Dean Georgaris penned the initial draft and Jon & Erich Hoeber have written the most recent. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Belle Avery will again be producing.
A US-Chinese co-production, The Meg starred Staham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis and Ruby Rose and followed a team on a mission to save those on board a submersible disabled at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Oh yeah, and they also had to face the largest marine predator that ever existed – the Megalodon. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) directed.
Although the film received middling reviews (a 46% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.6 score on IMDb), it was a box office hit. The Meg chomped up over $US530.2 million in worldwide box office receipts from a budget of around $US130 million.