'Meg' Movie 2018: Another Delay For Extinct Shark Movie 20 Years In The Making

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Even this Great White is looking forward to following Shark Week 2014 on his mobile device (Photo: Creative Commons)

The long-gestating adaptation of the shark thriller novel Meg has been delayed again, Bloody-Disgusting says, but it might be a good thing this time. Meg is moving from March 2, 2018 to that summer, Aug. 10. Shark movies belong to summer.

And Meg is bigger than most shark movies. Rather than a Great White, Meg is about a primordial Megalodon — the Great White’s 60-foot ancestor — escaping from the Mariana Trench to eat surfers.

Meg has been a long time coming. A movie version has been in development ever since Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror came out in July 1997. Originally at Disney, Meg was at one time to be directed by Eli Roth (The Green Inferno, Knock Knock).

It wasn’t until 2015 that the project was revived, this time at Warner Bros., with Jon Turteltaub (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the National Treasure movies) directing a script by Dean Georgaris (Paycheck, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life). If that doesn’t sound too promising, then Alten’s claim that the movie is “edge of your seat scary,” might not mean much.

Still, the world could always use another shark movie (unless you’re a shark and pissed about the ongoing PR campaign driving them toward extinction) and there’s a certain morbid fascination in learning just how annoying Rainn Wilson will be as comic relief for Jason Statham.

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