Earlier this week I sat down for an interview with best-selling author Steve Alten, the writer behind The Meg book series, which inspired the 2018 movie of the same name, starring Jason Statham. Alten informed us that the sequel was entering production. Today we can report that Kill List, High-Rise, and Rebecca director Ben Wheatley has now come on board to direct The Meg 2, which Alten describes as “much darker.”
The news came from THR who also reports that Jason Statham is expected to return in a capacity that is “creatively involved,” with the movie adapted by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber. There is no word yet if anyone else is returning to reprise their roles.
The Meg sunk its teeth into box offices bringing in over $500 million worldwide. Statham played the role of Jonas Taylor, who came to the aid of a group of scientists that accidentally set free a Megladon from the Marian Trench.
In real life, Megladons went extinct somewhere between 23 to 36 million years ago and that’s a good thing. The massive beasts could grow up to 52 feet long, weighing in at 48 tons, with a bite force of 41,000 lbs per square inch. That’s a big freaking shark!
Here’s a look back at The Meg trailer. We’ll keep you posted as new information surfaces about the sequel.