Megalodon Jumps Out Of Water Scene – The Meg (2018)
Megalodon Jumps Out Of Water Scene – The Meg (2018) Description
Megaladon is an 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Jon Turteltaub with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, loosely based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose and Winston Chao. The film follows a group of scientists who encounter a 75-foot-long (23 m) megalodon shark while on a rescue mission at the floor of the Pacific Ocean.
Walt Disney Studios originally purchased the film rights to the book in the 1990s, but spent several years in development hell. The rights eventually landed at Warner Bros. Pictures, and Megalodon was green-lit in 2015. Turteltaub and much of the cast joined by September 2016, and filming began the following month in New Zealand and Sanya, China, ending in January 2017. Megalodon was released in both countries on August 10, 2018, in RealD 3D. It was a box office success and grossed over $530 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics, with some describing it as entertaining and others calling it “neither good enough nor bad enough” to be fun. A sequel, titled Meg 2: The Trench, is in development.
- Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor
- Li Bingbing as Suyin
- Rainn Wilson as Jack Morris
- Ruby Rose as Jaxx
- Winston Chao as Minway Zhang
- Page Kennedy as DJ
- Jessica McNamee as Lori Taylor
- Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as “The Wall”
- Robert Taylor as Dr. Heller
- Sophia Cai as Meiying
- Masi Oka as Toshi
- Cliff Curtis as James “Mac” Mackreides
The rights to the novel were initially acquired by Disney’s Hollywood Pictures in 1996. Around that time, Tom Wheeler was hired to adapt the book into a screenplay, but, having decided that his script wasn’t good enough, the studio hired Jeffrey Boam to write a new draft. Boam’s script was later rejected for the same reason. By 1999 the project had stalled and the rights reverted to Steve Alten, the book’s author.
In 2005, reports surfaced that the project was being developed by New Line Cinema, with an estimated budget of $75 million, and a slated release of summer 2006. Names attached to the production included Jan de Bont as director, Guillermo Del Toro as producer and Shane Salerno as screenwriter. However, New Line later cancelled the project due to budgetary concerns. The rights reverted to Alten again, but the film remained in development hell.
In 2015, it was announced that Megalodon was now moving forward at Warner Bros., with a new script written by Dean Georgaris. By June of that year, Eli Roth was reported to be in talks to direct, but, due to creative differences, Roth was replaced by Jon Turteltaub in early 2016. Jason Statham and much of the cast joined in August and September 2016.
Principal photography on Megalodon began on October 13, 2016, in West Auckland, New Zealand. Filming ended on January 4, 2017, in Sanya City of Hainan, China.
Visual effects were done by Sony Imageworks, Image Engine and Scanline VFX. The visual effects team was challenged with not only designing a previously undiscovered prehistoric giant shark, but also designing the underwater environments and atmospherics, including realistic coral reefs, bubbles, and other sea life.
Released by Gravity Pictures in China and by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States, Megalodon was originally scheduled to be released on March 2, 2018. Warner and Gravity then said that the film would be released during the 2018 Chinese New Year period in China, a week-long annual holiday that kicked off on February 16, 2018. The film was later pushed back from its original release date of March 2, 2018 to August 10, 2018, in 3D and IMAX.
The first official trailer was released on April 9, 2018. The studio spent $140 million on global prints and advertisement for the film.
In April 2018, Jason Statham said a Meg sequel would happen if the film did well with the public, saying “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.” That August, Steve Alten said “My feeling has always been that this is a billion-dollar franchise if it was done right. But to be done right you had to get the shark right, get the cast right, get the tone right. And Warner Bros. have nailed it completely. The producers have nailed it.”
In October 2018, executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying announced a sequel was in the early stages of development.
In March 2019, it was announced that a script for Megalodon was in the works. In his September 2020 newsletter, Steve Alten confirmed the script, titled Meg 2: The Trench, to be complete, expressing interest in its “dark” tone and potential for an R-rating. British director Ben Wheatley was announced to direct on October 23, 2020.
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|Genre||Action, Horror, Sci-Fi|
|Directed By||Jon Turteltaub|
|Screenplay by||Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber|
|Produced by||Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Colin Wilson, Belle Avery|
|Based on||Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten|
|Release Date||August 10, 2018 (United States and China)|
|Starring||Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis|
|Production Company||Gravity Pictures, Flagship Entertainment, Apelles Entertainment, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Maeday Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$530.2 million|
|Aspect Ratio||2.39 : 1|