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Warner Bros. Retitles Prehistoric Shark Movie to ‘The Meg’

Warner Bros. Pictures has retitled Jon Turteltaub‘s (National Treasure) prehistoric shark thriller Meg to The Meg, Bloody Disgusting learned.

Starring are Jason Statham (Spy, Furious 7, The Expendables films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Forbidden Kingdom, The Message).

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.

Rounding out the international main cast of Meg are New Zealander Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse, Risen, TV’s Fear the Walking Dead), Rainn Wilson (TV’s The Office, Super), Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage, TV’s Orange is the New Black), Winston Chao(Skiptrace, Kabali), Page Kennedy (TV’s Rush Hour), Jessica McNamee (The Vow, TV’s Sirens), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG, TV’s The Missing), Robert Taylor (Focus, TV’s Longmire), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), and Masi Oka (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Heroes).

The Meg will swim into theaters on August 10, 2018.



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  • Awful.

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    • Creepshow

      I sure hope that’s not a poop reference. There is zero tolerance for that sort of shit…uh, I mean stuff.

      • Simon Allen

        Of course not ! She was having a tinkle when she heard the shit ….sorry, bad news .

    • DukeStKing

      I’m mentally erect.

    • Catrick Swayze

      Dam, i´m late ¬¬

  • Saltoner

    Those WB Execs are lever folks. “The” included in the title is brilliant!

  • Riiiiiiiiiight

    I’d heard they were going to change the title to THE SHARK MOVIE NOBODY CARES ABOUT THAT WAS BASED ON A TERRIBLE NOVEL THAT WAS REWRITTEN AND RE-RELEASED BY THE AUTHOR, but they realized that wouldn’t fit on a marquee.

  • Selina x

    Oh!…..sMEG x

  • Selina x

    ….Why not Meg:The Movie? It worked out great for Slugs.

  • Uh…..what point does adding a definite article serve? The book is fairly well-known (regardless of what you think of the quality), so it’s not like they don’t have a marketable title to begin with. And “The Meg” sounds really strange–like some weird nickname on a hipster comedy. The Meg would be the girl at the coffee house that sneers at you when you ask whether the beans are fair trade or not.

  • zombie84_41

    Would have been funny if they called it Megan. LOL. Also hoping this be a pretty scary movie these pics are always creepy. But it worries me cus this director isn’t really good at all.

  • whatthewhereis

    Reminds me of- “Add THE to any title and change the meaning.”

  • J Jett

    shut up The Meg! 🙂

  • Mike tantatelli

    I’m looking forward to this. Please don’t suck please don’t suck please don’t suck. Lol

  • tyler

    Hopefully this doesn’t go the route of most big budget movies (BatmanVSuperman, Wonder Woman, X-Men, etc) where the CGI is so disgustingly overdone that we feel like we are watching a kid play a video game. Of course CGI will be used, but please tone it down or just make it a cartoon.

  • MrX13

    Statham vs a Shark….Hmmm. I do like his movies as they are always fun and I do enjoy weird but funny shark movies, so I guess I’ll give this one a shot

  • Selina x

    I just couldn’t give The Fuck!

  • ChaosHD

    The Meg, brought to you by The Warner Brothers starring The Jason Statham. Can’t wait.

  • Allen Lee

    Just under a year to create nothing but CGI everything with about two weeks of actual acting LOL

  • johnhurschelrunion

    hasn’t the sy-fy network all ready beat them to the punch with a giant shark film featuring bad cgi?

  • Matty Ice 2016

    I think what is a concerning is that we have not seen any teaser.

    • CelticBull

      It’s 10 months away and they can’t risk a teaser/trailer with sloppy unfinished CGI.

  • Catrick Swayze
  • Kaijudude

    I love giant anything movies , the CGI ( as long as it’s not syfy bad ) really doesn’t matter to me as long as i’m entertained. I’m pretty easy to please .

  • Honest

    This is going to be one of those rare times where a movie is better than the book because it pretty much fucking has to be. It was so, so bad it missed the “so bad it’s good” mark and wasn’t even entertaining.

  • ShadowInc

    It worked for THE JAWS. Oh, wait …

    • Matty Ice 2016

      ” The Jaws” lol

  • Charlie

    Why not just Megadolon? The Meg sounds… well, it sounds stupid.

    • RedNeoCon

      As a veteran movie theatre manager I assure you that there is a very large contingent of the population that not only don’t know what a megalodon is, but they wouldn’t be able to pronounce the word anyways. Miss Congeniality 1 and 2 played hell on the box office lines at some people had no clue how to pronounce such. Don’t even get me started on the film, “In Bruges”……..

      • Charlie

        There is a picture of a colossal shark fin on the poster and you’re telling me that people won’t be able to deduce that the title, Megadolon, refers to some massive prehistoric shark? Are we really that dumb?

        • RedNeoCon

          Abso-fucking-lutely.

          I’ve got a million stories of similar instances. I’m not saying “all” moviegoers, but there is a substantial percentage who are totally baffled when coming to a movie theatre.

    • Evan3

      You mean that it sounds THE stupid.

  • I hope this has some solid scenes of thalassophobia and to avoid showing the shark every minute. Watching a dark mass underneath the ocean coming towards you…this is why I stay in land.

  • C. Carpenter

    Well with such a high dollar cast I certainly hope it’s at least a shit ton better than those cheap-assed Sci-Fy originals starring washed-out actors from the 70s and 80s.

  • spidergod91

    Really hope the film takes things seriously.
    Killer animal films have been swamped with near parody garbage like Sharktopus, with The Shallows & 47 Meters Down we seem right on the cusp of a trend of portraying them seriously again.

  • Randy Moses

    You just know that there is some exec at WB, that thinks this title change makes him a movie genius.

  • oblagon

    I’ll be demanding my money back if I don’t see Statham round house kick a shark.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    That sounds so dumb. ‘Meg’ sounded ominous, and original. The Meg ruins the double entendre of it being possibly a human name too.

  • Me Manny

    Hope they stay true to the books. They were so good.

    • James Jeans

      They’ve changed the story line significantly. It’s set largely on an at-sea platform off the coast of China, and most of the characters from the first book have been dropped (only Jonas and Mac seem to have made it. Even Jonas’s future wife has been cut).

      • Me Manny

        Booo! That sucks! Terry and Sergi played a huge roll in book 2.

      • Yeah, they’ve pretty much directed the story. It’s more of a namesake than really like the book.

    • dukeblues

      Seriously? The book reads like a 10th grader wrote it. I didn’t bother reading the sequels. Peter Benchley is much more talented.

  • Matty Ice 2016

    Why not “A Bomb” ?

  • Paul Armendariz
  • imagine “The Jaws”…

  • I LOVE these books, but I have a gut feeling that this movie is going to suck. First they attached Statham which means it’s probably been dumbed down significantly to be a cheesy action movie as opposed to an actual horror movie (let’s face it: he certainly hasn’t been hired for his ability to act).

    As they have also changed major parts of the plot and locations – and removed several main characters from the book, it doesn’t give me a lot of confidence as a fan that I’ll be seeing anything that even really resembles the book. I hate it when studios take control and butcher a book… it’s so rare that a movie adaptation happens to be better than the book, you’d think they’d learn their lesson and make a movie of the book.

    I have a horrible feeling they may as well just have whacked the word ‘Sharknado’ on the front and have brought Tara in to play the lead.

    • Evan3

      With all due respect (and I enjoyed the books enough), the Meg series is a big dumb action series, not actual horror.

      • It’s intended as a Sci-Fi horror thriller… as stated by the author.

        • Evan3

          So when you mix sci-fi, horror and thriller… you get big dumb action

          • Or you get an intense and scary horror movie…

  • dukeblues

    This book was terrible lol. And the shark fin looks too much like a triangle. Do yourself a favor and read Jaws, then watch it. Wayyyy better than this.

    • MattAnt1979

      Jaws and MEG are both good books but are completely different, You are aware that MEG is about an extinct Shark that nobody has actually ever seen? I don’t get how you can say the shape of the fin is all wrong, nobody has ever seen a Megalodon let alone ones dorsal fin?

  • Evan3

    I still wish Roth was doing the movie. I would just love to see him tackle a big buget (that said, Roth hasn’t put forth an inspired work in years).

    The Meg is The Stupidest The Name that I could The Think of. Seriously. Just call it Megalodon, or even Giant Ass Shark.

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