Long-Delayed Shark Thriller ‘Meg’ Moving Forward at Warner Bros. with Eli Roth

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Eli Roth Directing

Once upon a time there was a movie called Meg set up over at Disney. Based on the New York Times bestseller “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror“, the adaptation was to be about two men who band together to neutralize an ancient shark — the Megalodon, Meg for short — that is threatening the California coast. But after the financial failure of Deep Blue Sea in the summer of 1999, Disney gave up on the project and Meg entered development hell.

[amz asin=”1599551691″ size=”small”]New Line Cinema purchased the rights to the film in 2005 (and even had Speed director Jan de Bont Variety someone found a way to set the film on the coast of China instead of California. And that was a good move, it seems, as Warner Bros. roped in a new financier and likely an even bigger audience in the process.

Eli Roth is attached to direct from a script by Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate), which doesn’t do much for me after looking through his directorial filmography but perhaps that will change once we get a better idea his approach for the film. Roth is about to host both “Shark After Dark” and “Shark Week” for Discovery Channel, and he will be swimming with sharks during the latter, so hopefully he doesn’t get burnt out or eaten alive before Meg finally enters production.