It’s well-known that Hollywood was trying to get various forms of a movie adaptation of Steve Alten’s book Meg off the ground for more than a decade, nearly dating back to the novel’s original release in 1997. It took Warner Bros. to finally get things rolling in 2015.
Re-dubbed The Meg for theaters, the film – directed by National Treasure helmer Jon Turtletaub – loosely adapted Alten’s story, and used as its primary selling point the appeal of watching action superstar Jason Statham go one-on-one with a huge prehistoric shark.
Despite a lukewarm critical response, The Meg succeeded with audiences, making huge bank at the box office. A co-production between America and China, The Meg has hauled in well over $500 million worldwide, a huge return on its widely reported $130 million budget.
With that kind of profit, a sequel seemed inevitable, and now executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying has confirmed to Deadline that “That is definitely the plan. It’s still in the very early stages, but we’re working on it. We’re trying to keep it secret at this time.”
It remains to be seen when The Meg’s sequel will hit theaters, what it will be called, if it will adapt one of Alten’s sequel novels, or if Statham will return to the lead role. As Ying says, the project is only just beginning development. Still, I for one can’t wait for more shark action.