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As we recently told you, it was the box office success of The Shallows last year that directly allowed for 47 Meters Down to be released into theaters this past weekend – sometimes, the only motivation that studios need to make/release movies is to see that comparable movies are making money.
So then, will next year’s Meg be spawning any sequels if it’s a hit? We asked that question to Steve Alten, writer of the novel that was adapted by director Jon Turteltaub for the Summer 2018 shark attack flick, and he has assured us that yes, that’s the plan!
“As for the MEG sequels – absolutely,” he emphatically told us. “If the movie does well, there will be sequels. Of course, that goes for any successful Hollywood movie.”
Fans of the Meg franchise know that Hollywood will have no trouble coming up with sequel stories, as Alten’s book series spawned its fifth novel last year. Alten is currently penning the sixth installment, Meg: Generations, which will be a direct sequel to Meg: Nightstalkers.
Needless to say, this is a movie franchise just waiting to happen.
Meg will swim into theaters on August 10, 2018.
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 is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, against the wishes of his daughter Suyin, 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 Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Shuya Cai and Masi Oka.
Turteltaub directed from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber.