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Jason Statham Says ‘Meg’ is ‘Jaws’ Meets ‘Jurassic Park’

In related news, I already have a new favorite movie.

After years of killer shark movies being relegated to the Syfy network, last year’s The Shallows seems to have burst open the floodgates. And I couldn’t be happier. Next summer will see the release of director Jon Turteltaub’s Meg, an adaptation of Steve Alten’s terrifying same-named novel. Jason Statham is the star, and he just spoke a bit about the film on the Jim & Sam Show.

Statham told hosts Jim Norton and Sam Roberts:

I just did a movie about a shark. It’s a cross between, I’d say, Jaws and Jurassic Park. It turned out really good. I mean, apparently. We don’t know until we see it. It’s called Meg, as in megalodon. 

Interesting to note that Statham was asked if the film was in 3D and he responded “probably.” We previously heard that it would be released in 3D, but this suggests it wasn’t shot in 3D.

Statham, by the way, is not a fan of 3D. The glasses bother him. Me too, Jason. Me too.

Meg will swim into theaters on August 10, 2018.

Alten himself promises the film will be edge-of-your-seat scary.”

In Meg

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).

Jon Turteltaub directed the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Steve Alten. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the Transformers films), Belle Avery (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) and Colin Wilson (Suicide Squad, Avatar) are producing the film, with Wayne Wei Jiang, Randy Greenberg, Barrie M. Osborne and Gerald R. Molen serving as executive producers.


48 Comments
  • Cody

    Reading the book now (the expanded version). It’s a pretty quick read, haven’t gotten to anything exciting yet, but I’m sure it’s coming.

  • REC03

    Based on the director i have a bad feeling about this but hoping for the best.

    • Daniel Anderson

      Just IMDB’d the director…fuck…I hope this is his breakout title.

  • Tanner of Josh

    Statham’s rockin’ that turtleneck like a boss.

  • jacobia

    You’d wipe it off, apologise, and back away slowly…

    • Satanzilla

      Not me, I’d say, “wear it motherfucker!” and walk away

  • WOLF

    I read the book and there are some things that won’t be believable on screen. The finale won’t work. This is no Jaws for sure.

    • Russell Reball

      I agree.

  • Creepshow

    “It turned out really good. I mean, apparently.”

    Words of encouragement

    • CelticBull

      Go and listen to the show, he opened (when the opening question was about Fast8, which he was there to promote) with: “It’s just another movie, isn’t it?”..
      … and later about Expandables 4 etc. :”I have no idea what I’m shooting next.”
      He isn’t that passionate about his projects or acting itself.

      • Creepshow

        It certainly shows. It sounds like he’s trying to be as dry as Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. But failing miserably.

        • Vesuvian Villain

          He’s got them both beat for baldness though, god damnit! We can’t take that away from him..

    • Vincent Everett

      I think he is sincere. He did not see the movie and he says it

    • Evi

      I love how this implies that Statham has no fucking clue what’s going on with his career.

      • Creepshow

        Jason feels that he crushed his scenes in front of the green screen. His turtleneck oozes confidence.

    • Paulo Da Costa

      reminds me when Richard Dreyfuss was saying jaws was terrible before the release of the movie,

    • The Fucked Up

      Apparently, they fixed it all in post

    • Carlton Fisher

      I think it would be difficult to have any idea if it was good or not at this point, even if you’re in it, since the effects aren’t done, and he’s likely spent several months hanging from wires or in water tanks in front of green screens trying to pretend something REALLY SCARY is coming for him. I don’t know how you’d have any idea if what you’re making is great or a piece of SyFy crap when you’re working under those conditions.

      • Creepshow

        When in doubt…lie through your teeth with a shit-eating grin on your mug, like everyone else that might potentially be making a crappy movie. Haha!

        This guy is a pompous ass, and the only good movie he was in was Snatch (as a role player).

        • Carlton Fisher

          He’d have to be a better actor to carry off the lie though.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    “I’M TALKIN ABOUT SHARKIN!!”

    • Vesuvian Villain

      Quint is the mother fucking man. Probably literally and figuratively.

  • dukeblues

    This movie sounds terrible. In no way could it begin to live up to Jaws. The book was shit too. The dialog in the novel…. don’t get me started.

  • Satanzilla

    How can this not be UTTERLY TERRIBLE?

  • Wil McMullen

    Can we get a trailer already?!?

  • Bobby Jones

    Peter Griffin already wrote this movie, Bigger Jaws

    • the usual suspect

      Shut up Meg

      • The Fucked Up

        See what you did there

      • Bobby Jones

        Seth macfarlane should have been cast as the lead so he say that line

  • Halloween_Vic

    “It turned out really good. I mean, apparently.” Uhhh not too confident there Jason lol. But I mean Jaws meets Jurassic Park? Now that sounds like something I want to see, hell yeah can’t wait.

  • Wolf Kane

    The only issue I have at this moment is the title.

    • Tony Furlong

      People could think it’s a Family Guy spin off about the daughter. Scary!!

  • Chris Genth

    Looks interesting

  • Chip

    The thing that always bugs me about this concept is somehow “Giant Shark” is less scary than “Really big shark”. I mean, for a start, something that big has probably lnterest eating a human as a real Great White has an interest in eating a minnow. Second, even the 25 footer Jaws eats chunks out of you. That’s the horror of it. You get ripped to bits, dragged around, potentially drowned before you’re lucky to just die of shock or instant organ failure/dismemberment. With Meg, that thing just kills you in one bite, or swallows you whole.

    It’s something that all the other Giant Shark movies always made hilarious, since they’d just super-impose a normal white shark with people vanishing into it’s mouth with green screen and bad editing tricks.

  • Flyingguillotine

    Jurassic Shark.

  • gilles muller

    I hate to be so negative, but the moment it was announced this film would be made for 150 million with a third rate director for hire (known for cheesy family films and cheap Indiana Jones rip-offs) and a committee of writers for hire and a b-movie action star (although it’s one I personally love) it was clear this production could only go one way.

    The project already shows all the signs of corporate filmmaking at its worst. Bummer, really, because with a budget around 40-80 million and the freedom of an R-rating this could have worked perfectly and actually allowed (a talented filmmaker) to take certain risks and make a great, kick-ass genre film instead of an anemic product. The way I see it, ‘Meg’ is already marked for extinction (the species really deserved better this time round). Sad as it is, this toothless fish will go belly up.

    • Honest

      Yeah, I’ve always felt that way about giant monster flicks. They can be fun, but after a certain size it stops being frightening in the atavistic “a predator is going to eat me” sense. Like how the Cloverfield monster wasn’t frightening, but the small parasites were.

      I’m sure this movie is going to be terrible, but I have such a soft spot for giant sea monsters. I mean, I’ve seen Deep Rising twice, which is twice more than it deserves. I can’t think of a single sea monster movie/book that hasn’t been dumb and cheesy, but I still enjoy them. (Please, if you know of a good book, let me know.)

      • Jim Charette

        The Beast by Peter Benchley(guy who wrote Jaws). They made the Beast into a made for TV movie back in the mid 90s which was pretty good for it’ time(I enjoyed it but I was a kid)

  • marklola12 .

    Well he does not sound too enthusiastic about it does he, tbh I waited years for Meg to be made and right no I don’t care at all about it, the director is average for a start and hiring Jason lol his movies have flopped for last few years people are bored of him

  • RedNeoCon

    Hope CGI is kept to a minimum. I’ve read the first four MEG novels and if they are just doing the first book, then the final scenes with Jonas should involve no CGI whatsoever.

  • Dermacka

    So, a movie about a giant prehistoric shark is a “cross between Jaws and Jurassic park.” Why ruin the surprise?

  • I’ll bet the movie isn’t going to be an R rated horror movie like the books are. I’ll bet it’s been turned into a PG-13 cheesy action flick.

  • Alex Jadiel

    I am thrilled for this movie since I first heard of it. I am looking forward to see a shark film on theatres. I am tired of how this genre fell into a hole with sharks caught in the middle of an atmospheric event, swimming on sand, having multiple heads or been fused with other sea organisms. SA3: Megalodon is quite a good film and the CGI is awful.

  • Mayday

    “Meg is Jaws meets Jurassic Park” – this is not an original thought whatsoever about the project. When the book came out in 1997 that’s EXACTLY how it was described on the cover. If they stick to the source material, it has potential to be awesome. Let’s hope they didn’t fuck it up.

  • Dani

    Sharks only kill when wet… fact!

  • I just hope they have some great claustrophobia related scenes. A dark mass under water coming closer and closer without actually revealing the shark etc

  • Beyonder

    75 foot long?….really?….

  • Tony Furlong

    Great book. Hope the film does it justice.

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