Jason Statham set to star in giant shark movie Meg
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that action star Jason Statham has signed on to star in Meg, the long-gestating film about a giant shark based on Steve Alten‘s New York Times best-selling novel. There is no word what character Statham will play, but it’s possible he’ll play the novel’s hero Jonas Taylor.
National Treasure‘s Jon Turteltaub is set to direct the film from a script by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Independence Day: Resurgence). Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Colin Wilson will produce the film for Warner Bros.
On his official site, Alten describes his 1997 novel as follows:
On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean’s deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he’s sure he saw but still can’t prove exists – Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds.
Written off as a crackpot suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Taylor refuses to forget the depths that nearly cost him his life. With a Ph.D. in paleontology under his belt, Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub.
Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he’s never imagined, and what he finds could turn the tides bloody red until the end of time. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.
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