As he gears up to take on his first Hollywood production with Tomb Raider 2, British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has now added another big-budget sequel to his upcoming C.V. with THR reporting that he’s set to link up with Jason Statham for a sequel to the 2018 sharksploitation blockbuster The Meg.
The first movie, an adaptation of the novel by Steve Alten, saw Statham portraying Jonas Taylor, a rescue diver who finds himself pitted against a giant prehistoric Megalodon shark. Despite mixed reviews, The Meg was a solid hit with audiences grossing $530 million at the worldwide box office, and development on the sequel was announced shortly after the film’s release.
Wheatley’s credits include the likes of Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England, High-Rise and Free Fire, while his latest film – a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca – has just hit Netflix. He is currently preparing to link with Alicia Vikander on the Tomb Raider sequel, and has recently revealed that he’s secretly shot a low-budget movie during the recent lockdown, although details on that remain under wraps.
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