Having grossed a whopping $530 million worldwide last year, it came as no surprise to hear that Warner Bros. and Gravity Pictures were planning a sequel to the Jason Statham-headlined prehistoric shark thriller The Meg, and now comes word that work is underway on the script.
“We’re working on a script. So you never know until you get a good script,” said producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura when asked about the sequel during an interview with CinemaBlend. ” was very thankful that the audience got that we were just trying to have fun, [and] not take ourselves seriously at all.”
Author Steve Alten has penned a number of sequels to his 1997 novel featuring the character of Jonas Taylor (played in the movie by Jason Statham), so there’s plenty of source material should the filmmakers decide to draw upon it for the second film.
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 (Jason 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.
The Meg features a cast that includes Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Wintson Chao, Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Robert Taylor, Masi Oka, Jessica McNamee, Page Kennedy, Olafur Darri Olafsson and Sophia Shuya Cai.