The biggest shark in the fossil record is coming to a cinema screen near you…
It was the biggest shark to ever swim in our oceans.
Regarded as one of the most powerful predators to have ever lived, the Megalodon was the most fearsome species of shark ever to grace the fossil record. Its fossilized remains suggest that this giant shark reached a length of eighteen meters and had a bite force of up to forty thousand pounds.
The fearsome beast was thought to have died out by the end of the Pliocene but, old sea tales and sailors legends tell a different story. It has long been debated that these incredible creatures lost their battle against extinction due to a collapse in their ecosystem. However, other marine biologists have suggested that instead of fading into extinction, the Megalodon retreated into the deepest trenches of the underwater depths…where they remain, silently waiting for their time to come again….
The theory was tackled by best-selling author Steve Alten, in his hugely successful thriller “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror”. The novel follows the story Jonas Taylor, a deep-sea diver employed by the United States Navy for a top-secret dive into the Mariana Trench. Whilst piloting his submersible, he stumbles upon a Megalodon, a massive ancient predator believed to be long extinct. Barely surviving the encounter, he returns to the surface with a whimsical tale, but his story is discounted by both his peers and the scientific community and he forced to retreat from his post, instead devoting his life to proving the legitimacy of his outlandish story.
By a strange quirk of fate, and a chance encounter with humankind the Megalodon rises again and is unleashed upon a modernized world, completely unprepared for the terror emerging from the depths.
The novel was sublime and would go on to spurn a host of sequels, spin-offs and imitations, but the fantastical original story, despite being circled by a host of Hollywood studios never made it to film…until now.
This summer the Megalodon rises anew.
Warner Bros has finally taken the plunge and produced The Meg, a movie “based on” Steve Alten’s sublime novel series which is set to arrive upon our cinema screens this coming August. Hollywood action star Jason Statham, has been cast as Jonas Taylor with Jon Turteltaub, sat in the directors’ chair. X-Men Origins: Wolverine composer Harry Gregson Williams, has been commissioned to write the score with Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber penning the script.
Warner Bros have now unleashed an exciting new trailer and poster which you can enjoy below.
Since the launch of this trailer, the internet has been awash with talk comparing The Meg to the iconic Steven Spielberg masterpiece, Jaws. Being a devoted fan of both Spielberg’s mesmerizing take on Peter Benchley’s novel and Alten’s superb story, I cannot wait to be sat in the cinema auditorium ready to face what many have affectionately called “Jurassic Shark”. Steve Alten’s immersive novel was an intense and deeply consuming thriller, and a million miles away from the concept of Jaws and is more than capable of standing toe to toe with Benchley’s novel.
Whether the movie can live up to the expectation remains to be seen, but I for one cannot wait to enjoy the journey.
Just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water, the biggest shark in history is popping in for a bite.
Fancy a swim?
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