The production is in progress for the sequel The Meg The Meg, which is set to again pit Jason Statham and Bingbing Li against an 80-foot shark from the prehistoric age. For The Meg 2: The Trench, director Ben Wheatley ( Rebecca, Doctor Who) will be taking the reins from veteran action film director John Turtletaub, who helmed The Meg’s first film. The film’s creature features killed the majority of its crew, meaning that in addition to three or two main characters the audience will be introduced to a whole new set of rescuers from deep sea. The production will be shot on Leavesden Studios outside London, which is where Warner Bros. has also produced films from their Batman as well as Harry Potter franchises, according to Variety.
Despite mixed reviews, 2018’s Meg received a scathing review. Meg proved to be a massive success at the box office with more than $500 million in the world without the huge audience of the biggest franchise film. The Meg is a story about an undersea research team who, as they attempt to discover to the bottom of deepest ocean trench, find themselves in the sights of a giant shark. The huge extinct shark can be seen following them from the depths to the areas of the ocean we regularly navigate, before heading towards land , with a hankering of human flesh and the size of a beast that almost impossible for boats to contain or even stop. Statham was an emergency diver, who had lost a acquaintance to the same beast and is asked to assist when everything seems to be lost.
The consequences of a sequel will be at a minimum a bit different as Staham’s character was vilified and portrayed as a deluded following the initial attack, which made the first film terrifying for him, yet an inspiring one, because everyone else was forced to acknowledge that the “meg” was real. It is likely that the sequel will be a reversal of that and Staham will be able to keep his reputation firmly in place.
“A lot of it is respecting The Meg, and trying to make sure it’s a great Meg film,” Wheatley revealed with ComicBook.com about the upcoming film. “And as you can see from the movies I’ve made, they’re not necessarily, it’s not … when you go and do Doctor Who, I don’t completely change it because I wanted to do it. I didn’t want to necessarily make it something completely different that nobody recognized, you know? So there’s that element of back and forth.”
He went on to say, “But it’s an opportunity to do action on such an insanely large scale, that it’s just unbelievable. From doing Free Fire, which was, I thought, was all my Christmases came at once in terms of action, this is just unbelievable. And just doing the storyboards for it, just thinking and going, ‘Oh,’ it’s just … I feel a heavy responsibility for it, to make sure that it kind of delivers on all the, to all the big shark fans out there.”
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In the last few months, it was reported that the project was set to begin production however, there isn’t much information about the story. It could be another rescue mission , or straight-up research into the trench that will put our heroes in danger the same way as they were last time.
Screenwriters Dean Georgaris, Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber are back for the sequel, as are producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Belle Avery and the executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying
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