Eli Roth’s Next Project ‘Meg’ Stars A Giant Shark

September 24, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely - Horror Fuel CEO & Executive Producer Email: [email protected]

Eli Roth has become known for blood and gore and just as his last movie, ‘The Green Inferno’, opens in theaters (9/25), news comes about his next project, ‘Meg’. We reported back in June that Roth had signed on to direct the film about a prehistoric giant shark , a Megalodon.

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‘Meg’ has been in development at Warner Brothers for a while now and is finally entered preproduction. The movie is said to be an adaption of Steve Alten’s book series ‘Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror’. The novel series follows a deep sea diver named Jonas Taylor. Taylor believes that a prehistoric Megalodon is alive and lurking in the Marianas Trench. The giant shark has escaped the temperature barrier that has kept it prisoner for so long. Now the shark is loose on the waters of the California coast.

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In an interview with Collider Roth had this to say about the film:

“We just turned in the script to the studio and I’m designing the artwork now. I’m doing some character and creature designs. It’s so much fun. I cannot wait.” Roth continued “The thing with Meg, the size of the creature, it’s sort of becomes impractical to do it practically, but I’ve seen how they’ve done the whale in “In the Heart of the Sea’. They showed me footage and they’re like, “Before you judge CG, take a look at this” and I was like “Oh my God”. The whale looks so good I was like, “Alright, we’re good.”.”

Roth normally does not rely on CGI effects, but working with a giant shark will require it’s use.  Roth hosted this year’s Shark Week so, he had a chance to get know sharks up close. I have been looking forward to Meg since we found out earlier this year it would begin filming. I’m a huge a Eli Roth fan and I have a love for sharks so, this project has me really excited.

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The real Megalodon is more terrifying than any sea creature you’ve seen in any horror or sci-fi movie. This incredible creature lived from 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago, though some believe it still exists. According to fossils found, the giant creature ranged from 43 to 100 feet long and weighed around 48 tons or more. That’s a lot of teeth and power. Imagine if they really did still lurk out there in the depths. That’s a truly scary thought.

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