The filming of Meg has suffered in production hell for 20 years. But in 2018, it is finally going to happen: Meg is headed to cinemas. Jason Statham is playing the lead role. The story is set in the China Sea. Jon Turteltaub is the director.
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After two decades of negotiations with directors like Jan de Bont, Guillermo del Toro and, most recently, Eli Roth, the choice of Jon Turteltaub is not really one to inspire enthusiasm for readers of the original book. The same goes for Jason Statham, who is known as an action star, but is not included among the A-list actors for mega-blockbusters recently. Again, not an announcement to excite interest. The information that at least part of the story will take place in the South China Sea is also surprising, since the majority of the action in the original book takes place off the coast of California.
If the production budget was not an estimated $150 million according to IMDb, you might think that it would be a much more reasonable movie, financially. A horror movie about sharks already has to deal with a bad image.
For the filming of Meg, anything that is below $100 million runs the risk of being seen as belonging in the same category as the countless DVD and SyFy productions. Meg needs to tell its story seriously, adhere to the source material and provide credible effects.
Anything that cannot keep up with Deep Blue Sea (one of the very few respectable shark movies since JAWS) is bound to be a flop. Here, the producer is worth noting: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, best known for the Transformers series. For that reason, it is not hard to imagine that there will be much more action in the movie than in the original book, which did have moments of tension, but not only that. Is all this good or bad?
We can expect a shark movie with an XL shark and XXL action. It actually sounds promising –when you keep your expectations low.