Getting more excitement and attention than quite a few of his other films in recent years, the Jason Statham-led prehistoric shark thriller “The Meg” hits this Summer and reaction to the first trailer the other week put the long-gestating film on many people’s radar.
Based on Steve Alten’s novel, the book was the first in a series and Statham tells EW that if audiences warm to it then there’s room for a potential franchise:
“I think it’s like anything in this day and age — if it makes money, there’s obviously an appetite to make more money. And if it doesn’t do well, they’ll soon sweep it under the carpet. But that’s the way Hollywood works. Everyone tries to make a good film, and it lies in the hands of the audience. People are the ultimate decider; the audience is the decider of whether anything gets to be a sequel or not.”
Statham plays diver Jonas Taylor who faces off with the 75-foot shark who has attacked and disabled a deep-sea submersible in the Pacific Ocean. Talking about his role, Statham says:
“He gets brought in to save the crew at the bottom of the ocean that’s confronted with this 75-foot shark. Taylor encountered this shark many years ago, but everyone thought he was crazy. Turns out, everybody was wrong!”
John Turteltaub is directing the film from a script by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber. “The Meg” opens August 10th.