Eli Roth Hooks Prehistoric Shark Thriller, Meg

Earlier this month, word broke that Warner Bros. is looking at finally bringing to the big screen Steve Alten’s New York Times bestseller Meg, which tells story of humanity’s encounter with a thought-to-be-long-extinct 60-foot Megalodon shark. Likely encouraged by the record-breaking box office of Universal’s Jurassic World, WB is moving forward with the feature film and, according to a story at Variety, is now in talks with Cabin Fever and Hostel helmer Eli Roth to direct.

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.

Quite a few screenwriters have tried their hand at adapting Meg with Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life‘s Dean Georgaris having provided the most recent draft.

Roth’s latest film as a director is the horror thriller Knock Knock, starring Keanu Reeves. It is expected to hit theaters later this year.