As the hype around The Meg begins to settle, moviegoers across the board are expressing their displeasure with the amount of blood in the water, or lack there of. Even the film’s star, Jason Statham, has expressed his reserves about the film going with a PG-13 rating to attract a wider audience. But with a hefty $150 million budget, Statham understands the business aspect of appealing to a younger crowd for an end of summer blockbuster.
When the posters and teasers began showing viewers the monstrous 70-foot megalodon, it was evident that the producers were taking a different approach from previous summer shark flicks like The Shallows or 47 Meters Down. Opting to focus more on the action and humor aspects, director Jon Turteltaub shied away from a gorier and more suspenseful film. In an interview earlier this month with Collider, Jason Statham described how his own vision might have seen a bit more blood, and would have catered more to the adult viewer.
“Jon’s interpretation of this is a fun end of summer [movie]. It’s full of humor. It’s a little bit more directed to a different taste of what my own is in terms of I like more gory adult stuff. I’m a lot older but I can’t speak for what this film could possibly speak to a younger audience. I might have made a film that not many people wanted to see. I’m not a filmmaker.”
Many critics and fans have stated that The Meg missed a golden opportunity with its public beach scene, and that the PG-13 rating played a major factor in how it was portrayed on screen. After seeing the trailer, I was highly anticipating that scene, with memories of the gory fun time I had watching a similar scenario play out in the 2010 remake Piranha 3D. Expecting floating limbs and buckets of blood that would turn the beach red with chaos, I can’t help but agree with Statham’s remarks, ‘Yeah but you go, “Where’s the f***ing blood?” It’s like, “There’s a shark.”
The action star further stated that the original script he signed up for, was not the final product shown in theaters.
‘Scripts totally different. There was so many different … sometimes you just go, “How did it happen? How did it go from this to this to this to that?” You just can’t keep a track on it. I guess if you have the control to keep it a certain way you would, but you don’t. They have a movie to make. They have so many people deciding on what action stays and what scenes stay.’
While it seems like The Meg will still make a substantial profit after its worldwide push, perhaps the producers will take a look back at R rated successes like Deadpool and Logan, and give fans the blood and gore they were hoping for in a future sequel. Be sure to check out our full review, and let us know your thoughts on the matter.