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Has Meg finally resurfaced? Eli Roth in talks to direct the giant shark film

06.16.2015

The feature film adaptation of Steve Alten's "Meg" has suffered in development hell for the entirety of my adult life, but the terror that time forgot may finally be back on track towards its voyage to the big-screen. Variety broke the news that MEG may have found itself a director in Eli Roth. Warner Bros. is currently in talks with Roth to direct the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris.

A synopsis for "Meg" via Amazon:

Years ago, on a top-secret dive seven miles down into the Mariana Trench, Jonas came face to face with an ancient monster everyone believed extinct. Having barely escaped with his life, Jonas must prove to the world that Meg still exists. When an opportunity to return to the trench presents itself, he takes it, intent on returning topside with a 7-inch tooth! But man s presence in this unexplored domain releases one of the sharks from its purgatory, and now Jonas is the only one who can stop it.

Variety mentions that Warner Bros. were quite excited about Georgaris' script even before JURASSIC WORLD's recent domination at the box-office, but I'm sure that definitely played a part in getting the project moving forward again. Eli Roth hasn't tackled a project of this size before but I admit that I'm quite interested in his potential involvement; a grisly suspenseful giant shark thriller? Count me in.

 Roth's next, KNOCK, KNOCK, will debut on June 26th, 2015 while THE GREEN INFERNO will follow on September 25, 2015; he’ll also be hosting Shark After Dark during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

Has Warner Bros. found a winner with Eli Roth, or should the search for MEG's director continue?

Extra Tidbit: I've got a soft spot for DEEP BLUE SEA, whose release followed the first "Meg" novel by just a few years. Sound off with some of your favourite shark flicks in the comments.
Source: Variety

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8:50PM on 06/18/2015
How does this guy still get work?
How does this guy still get work?
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6:47AM on 06/18/2015
Fuck. Roth is just terrible.
Fuck. Roth is just terrible.
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5:31PM on 06/17/2015

Yay

I've been waiting on this for a long time. Steve Alten did confirm in his newsletter before the release of Jurassic World that the film had been greenlit though.
I really would have liked to have seen Guillermo Del Toro or Jan De Bont directing this though. They were attached to it in the past. And, once upon a time, Dennis Quaid would have been the perfect casting choice for Jonas. I know Jonas is older in the books but Dens is over 60 now. That would be pushing it.
I've been waiting on this for a long time. Steve Alten did confirm in his newsletter before the release of Jurassic World that the film had been greenlit though.
I really would have liked to have seen Guillermo Del Toro or Jan De Bont directing this though. They were attached to it in the past. And, once upon a time, Dennis Quaid would have been the perfect casting choice for Jonas. I know Jonas is older in the books but Dens is over 60 now. That would be pushing it.
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5:30PM on 06/17/2015
i loved the books and have been waiting years for this film to get made i don't really know if Roth is the best choice but for right now i'll roll with it
i loved the books and have been waiting years for this film to get made i don't really know if Roth is the best choice but for right now i'll roll with it
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2:25PM on 06/17/2015
I loved the novels, but what I wouldn't want to see is Meg be made into some Scyfi network film. If you're going to do Meg they should do it with a director who isn't afraid to shock with gore and intensity and fear. I haven't seen Green Inferno. Not sure what kind of film maker Eli Roth is but he doesn't strike me as the type to anything tepid and half way.
I loved the novels, but what I wouldn't want to see is Meg be made into some Scyfi network film. If you're going to do Meg they should do it with a director who isn't afraid to shock with gore and intensity and fear. I haven't seen Green Inferno. Not sure what kind of film maker Eli Roth is but he doesn't strike me as the type to anything tepid and half way.
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11:37AM on 06/17/2015
I read the book years ago and I feel you can make a dumb fun movie out of it, but not in Roth's hands...the shark glowed right? Like most of Roth's movies, it'll be bad garbage, not good garbage....
I read the book years ago and I feel you can make a dumb fun movie out of it, but not in Roth's hands...the shark glowed right? Like most of Roth's movies, it'll be bad garbage, not good garbage....
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4:42PM on 06/17/2015
that was Angel, the offspring of the shark in the first one. She glowed because she was so white
that was Angel, the offspring of the shark in the first one. She glowed because she was so white
9:09AM on 06/17/2015
At last, I've been waiting for years for this Meg movie to come out! I was also let down by the book though a megalodon in a big budget film is exciting as hell. Eli Roth is clearly overrated but he is not afraid to use gore effects which is a good thing for a shark movie right?! At least, if this film works, maybe we will one day see a "The Loch" movie which is bar far his best book about the loch ness monster, that'd be superb!
At last, I've been waiting for years for this Meg movie to come out! I was also let down by the book though a megalodon in a big budget film is exciting as hell. Eli Roth is clearly overrated but he is not afraid to use gore effects which is a good thing for a shark movie right?! At least, if this film works, maybe we will one day see a "The Loch" movie which is bar far his best book about the loch ness monster, that'd be superb!
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8:15AM on 06/17/2015
Love the books, HATE Eli Roth
Love the books, HATE Eli Roth
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7:52AM on 06/17/2015
Hmmm. Don't like Eli Roth movies.
Hmmm. Don't like Eli Roth movies.
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1:13AM on 06/17/2015

Loved the novel...

I actually think Eli Roth could do this justice. This could be his first big budget proof of life, and the material would do well with someone that has a horror edge mixed with a fair appreciation for Spielberg.
I actually think Eli Roth could do this justice. This could be his first big budget proof of life, and the material would do well with someone that has a horror edge mixed with a fair appreciation for Spielberg.
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12:02AM on 06/17/2015
Read the first two books as a 7th grader, they are bad, but the enjoyable kind of bad, big budget corman crap bad.Id also like to see Eli Roth move outside of uncomfortable and sadistic stuff too.
Read the first two books as a 7th grader, they are bad, but the enjoyable kind of bad, big budget corman crap bad.Id also like to see Eli Roth move outside of uncomfortable and sadistic stuff too.
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1:14AM on 06/17/2015
Never read the second novel, but the first one was not that bad.
Never read the second novel, but the first one was not that bad.
6:57AM on 06/17/2015
Couldn't agree more! Actually read all of them (I'm that much of a shark freak) and they are all pretty predictable and feature very bland black or white (I.E. good or bad not a racial thing) characters. No one will ever confuse them for literature, but that being said they are very readable and fun, so I always wished they'd get made into movies. After years of development hell that finally seems to be happening now!
Couldn't agree more! Actually read all of them (I'm that much of a shark freak) and they are all pretty predictable and feature very bland black or white (I.E. good or bad not a racial thing) characters. No one will ever confuse them for literature, but that being said they are very readable and fun, so I always wished they'd get made into movies. After years of development hell that finally seems to be happening now!
9:51PM on 06/16/2015
A good underwater thriller is needed as I was disappointed with Sanctum that was released a couple of years ago.
A good underwater thriller is needed as I was disappointed with Sanctum that was released a couple of years ago.
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5:52AM on 06/17/2015
I loved SANCTUM !!!
Did you see it in 3D ????? cause it was a real 3D shot movie, not a conversion like 99% of 3D movies, and as produced by James Cameron, the 3D was amazing ! when I think about good 3D, Sanctum pops up in my mind !
I loved SANCTUM !!!
Did you see it in 3D ????? cause it was a real 3D shot movie, not a conversion like 99% of 3D movies, and as produced by James Cameron, the 3D was amazing ! when I think about good 3D, Sanctum pops up in my mind !
6:02AM on 06/17/2015
Nope, Ernesto, I watched it in 2D. I'm shortsighted and 3D movies tend to give me headache. But even with 2D, the cinematography was great. It's just that the whole movie wasn't entirely what I expected. Had it have stronger leads, I might have liked it more.
Nope, Ernesto, I watched it in 2D. I'm shortsighted and 3D movies tend to give me headache. But even with 2D, the cinematography was great. It's just that the whole movie wasn't entirely what I expected. Had it have stronger leads, I might have liked it more.
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9:35PM on 06/16/2015
I read the book forever ago due to my lifelong affinity for JAWS and sharks in general. It's a terrible book. Not only is the "science" in the book absurd (which would be ok in a genre movie if the story were any good), but the writing itself is the worst kind of amateur hokum. It read more like self-published, Crichton wannabe fan-fiction than a professionally produced manuscript. It just isn't good.

That said, if you just scrap the book and run with the concept of a Megalodon swimming
I read the book forever ago due to my lifelong affinity for JAWS and sharks in general. It's a terrible book. Not only is the "science" in the book absurd (which would be ok in a genre movie if the story were any good), but the writing itself is the worst kind of amateur hokum. It read more like self-published, Crichton wannabe fan-fiction than a professionally produced manuscript. It just isn't good.

That said, if you just scrap the book and run with the concept of a Megalodon swimming around wreaking havoc in the modern world then you might have something. I'm sure Jurassic World's enormous success this weekend is responsible for the renewed interest in the IP.
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12:57AM on 06/17/2015
I read the book forever ago due to my lifelong affinity for JAWS and sharks in general.
You are speaking my language. Love sharks, Love Jaws. However, I don't remember hating the book, but I do remember being let down by it. That being said I would love to see a meglodon feature film. Yet the only thing Roth did I am a fan of, is his role in Inglorious Basterds, so for me this is not a good start.
I read the book forever ago due to my lifelong affinity for JAWS and sharks in general.
You are speaking my language. Love sharks, Love Jaws. However, I don't remember hating the book, but I do remember being let down by it. That being said I would love to see a meglodon feature film. Yet the only thing Roth did I am a fan of, is his role in Inglorious Basterds, so for me this is not a good start.
12:18PM on 06/17/2015
I'm with you for the most part. Not a Roth fan either. The torture porn genre does nothing for me. I also don't see anything in his filmography that would lead me to believe that he can handle a production of this size, but you never know. You could've said the same of Colin Treverrow and he clearly handled Jurassic World just fine.

The novel is just trash. And I'm not even against trash-- a good trashy read is nothing to be ashamed of-- but MEG isn't aware that it's trash. I mean, at the
I'm with you for the most part. Not a Roth fan either. The torture porn genre does nothing for me. I also don't see anything in his filmography that would lead me to believe that he can handle a production of this size, but you never know. You could've said the same of Colin Treverrow and he clearly handled Jurassic World just fine.

The novel is just trash. And I'm not even against trash-- a good trashy read is nothing to be ashamed of-- but MEG isn't aware that it's trash. I mean, at the end the main character is INSIDE the Megalodon stabbing at it's heart. It's like someone read Moby Dick and took it a little too literally. Or, rather, its like someone heard from someone else about parts of Moby Dick and took Ahab's last words a little too literally. It's not good. But the premise is still totally ripe for a good adaptation. Just throw out the book and go with the premise. The shark is the draw.
8:52PM on 06/16/2015
Fuck I wish he wasn't directing it.
Fuck I wish he wasn't directing it.
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9:12PM on 06/16/2015
No doubt. He's not even well respected and is still insanely overrated.
No doubt. He's not even well respected and is still insanely overrated.
12:59AM on 06/17/2015
Ditto!
Ditto!
8:12PM on 06/16/2015
All I can think about while reading this was that "Big Jaws" gag in family guy, where the human and shark join up to fight another, larger shark. Which, now that I think about it, is kind of the plot for Jurassic World.
All I can think about while reading this was that "Big Jaws" gag in family guy, where the human and shark join up to fight another, larger shark. Which, now that I think about it, is kind of the plot for Jurassic World.
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