Variety confirms that Jason Statham is diving into Shark-infested waters again!
Love it or hate it (I liked it!), ‘The Meg’ was a great time-waster back in 2018. Based on the book by Steve Alten, the film was a roaring success. It managed to take $530million around the globe. It took MAJOR liberties with the source material but was enough to make audiences around the world flock (or swim) to it. The tale of a huge prehistoric shark did just enough to scare the audience and to have us cheering in the aisles. Jason Statham played the lead role of Jonas Taylor, which I didn’t think suited him at all. But obviously, enough people accepted him in the role.
Thanks to the folks at Variety, it has been confirmed that the sequel to the film, titled ‘Meg 2: The Trench’ has started filming in London. The film is currently being shot at Leavesden Studios, which is owned by Warner Bros. and has helmed the ‘Harry Potter.’ films in the past. It also helmed the upcoming ‘The Batman.’ This time around, Jon Turtletaub has handed the directorial reins over to Ben Wheatley. It is expected that Statham and actress Bingbing Li are returning to their roles as Jonas and Suyin respectively. No other cast members have been announced so we still don’t know if Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, or Cliff Curtis are also back in the water.
Screenwriters Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, and Dean Georgaris have returned to write the sequel. Steve Alten himself has expressed that he loves the script for the new film, feeling that it has “nailed it completely.” Wheatley has already expressed his feelings on the project and teased the world by saying the film could swim into R-rated territory.
There is plenty of scope for the film to go in that direction. I would like to see it myself, based on the source material. But I get the feeling that Warner Bros. won’t go that far and keep the film strictly PG-13. But hey, any film about a giant prehistoric shark swimming around and devouring unsuspecting swimmers is alright with me. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned monster movie to keep me entertained!
‘The Meg 2: The Trench’ is currently filming and will be released in the future. Keep afloat here at The Future Of The Force for the latest updates on the film and its progress.
Will you be going to see the sequel? Did you enjoy the original film? What do you hope they will bring to the table this time? Swim down to the comments section below to leave your thoughts!
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