The Meg 2: Jason Statham has announced that he will return to the water in January 2022; to begin shooting the sequel of the movie. In the 2018 sequel, Statham played Jonas Taylor, a rescue diver hired to assist a group of scientists. Grappling with a megalodon shark that had emerged from the Mariana Trench’s deepest section. The original film’s ensemble cast included Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose. Also Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, and Jessica McNamee, in addition to Statham.
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Steve Alten’s horror novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror; languished in production hell at New Line Cinema for over a decade before eventually landing at Warner Bros. in 2015. The film, directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure); received mixed reviews from critics and audiences but was a smash hit upon its release in Summer 2018. Grossing over $530 million on a budget of $178 million. Executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying confirmed The Meg 2 was in the works months after its release. And it was officially announced in 2019. While Alten unveiled its title as Meg 2: The Trench in September 2020; with Ben Wheatley signing on to direct the following month.
Statham discussed the shark-centric sequel with Collider when discussing his recent reunion with Guy Ritchie; on the action-thriller Wrath of Man. Statham mentioned working with Wheatley and the positivity he already has collaborating with the In the Earth writer/director. In addition to announcing the film’s production start date; in which he noted the lengthy delay was due to the hunt for the right script.
I’m thrilled to get going, it’s been a while. We’ve been waiting around for the right scripts to come in and the right director to turn up, and we’ve got all those things and they’re all stacked up now. [Wheatley’s] great. We have a great shorthand already. We’ve got similar taste. I like his movies, I think he’s a brilliant director. I think we’ve got a good shot at making something good.
Given the length of the first film’s production, a four-year turnaround for the sequel appears to be very optimistic. Many who were genuinely linked to the original outing should surely be ready for more out-of-the-box underwater terror. With original co-writing duo Jon and Erich Hoeber back as primary screenwriters on the film. Working on a draught from original co-writer Dean Georgaris. Plus, with Wheatley hinting at two megalodons and Alten hinting at a darker tone and possible R-rating. It appears that the sequel will be bigger and bolder than the first.
One of the most common criticisms leveled at the original by both critics and audiences was that; although the film was entertaining, it was neither memorable nor poor enough for fans to recommend to others. The decision to switch toward a potentially more graphic tone will go a long way toward correcting some of these flaws. And resulting in a more thrilling sequel in The Meg 2. Meanwhile, viewers should expect to see Statham return to kick some ass in Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man. Which is set to reach theatres next week.