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Warner Bros. Retitles Prehistoric Shark Movie to ‘The Meg’

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Warner Bros. Pictures has retitled Jon Turteltaub‘s (National Treasure) prehistoric shark thriller Meg to The Meg, Bloody Disgusting learned. Starring are Jason Statham (SpyFurious 7The Expendables films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of ExtinctionForbidden Kingdom, The Message). “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 […] »

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Best Shark Movies

20 June 2017 4:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jaws © 1975 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

“Boys, oh boys… I think he’s come back for his noon feeding.” – Matt Hooper

On June 20, 1975 a thriller from a relatively unknown filmmaker was unleashed on unsuspecting theatre goers. That summer saw the birth of the blockbuster, the likes of which had never been seen before in cinemas.

Shark films are seemingly all the rage now. Last year was The Shallows, 1999 was the super fun Deep Blue Sea, this past weekend was the release of 47 Meters Down and in 2018 comes the intriguing Meg from Warner Bros. Pictures.

The science fiction action thriller Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub, stars Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and Chinese actress Li Bingbing and is slated for release on March 2, 2018.

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 »

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Newswire: Jason Statham needs 5 more months to fight a giant shark

3 March 2017 11:35 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Jason Statham’s prehistoric shark movie is going to need a bigger lead up to its release date. Variety reports that Jon Turteltaub’s Meg, a film about an apex predator (but enough about Statham), will now open on August 10, 2018. That date is five months past the original debut of March 2, 2018. There’s no info on why the release was pushed back, but it wouldn’t be the first bump in the road for the production, which once had Eli Roth attached to direct.

The action-packed drama comes from Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, a book about the megalodon, a giant shark species that ruled the seas. Instead of being a film about conservation, though, Meg will center on an attack on an international underwater observation program at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Statham stars as a former Naval captain, who ...


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Giant Shark Thriller Meg Postponed To August 2018

3 March 2017 6:58 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If you’re already sold on the idea of Jason Statham going up against a colossal and prehistoric megalodon shark, we have some bad news for you; Variety is reporting that MegJon Turteltaub’s maritime thriller of one man’s encounter with a monster from a bygone era, has been postponed to August 10th, 2018.

That’s a full five-month delay from its original release window of March 2018, but the news effectively safeguards Meg from an untitled Fox/Marvel project. Set to be released in 3D and IMAX theaters – not unlike the Pirhana series – Jon Turteltaub’s giant shark pic is based on Steve Alten’s 1997 sci-fi novel, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. Telling the story of one Jonas Taylor (Statham?), Alten’s page-turner follows our decorated deep sea diver into the murky depths of the Mariana Trench, where he counters the 75-foot behemoth, live and in the flesh. »

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Warner’s ‘Meg’ Helps Launch New Zealand’s Kumeu Film Studio (Exclusive)

3 March 2017 12:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Zealand’s newest production facility, the Kumeu Film Studio is to launch thanks to a three-way partnership built around the China-Hollywood co-produced, action-adventure film “Meg.”

The studio facility in Kumeu was initially developed for the filming of the Jon Turteltaub-directed movie. Starring Jason Statham and Li Bingbing in a tale of a submersible vehicle under attack from a mysterious sea creature, the production made use of the part-built facility’s two water tanks.

Leaving these behind for use by other film and TV productions enabled the film to qualify for New Zealand Screen Production Grant’s 5% uplift, a financial bonus only available to a handful of productions that can demonstrate significant economic benefits to the country.

“This private and public sector partnership recognizes the significant economic, cultural and industry development benefits that ‘Meg’ will bring to New Zealand,” said Nzfc chief executive Dave Gibson. The film “also broadens »

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New August 2018 Release Date for Massive Shark Movie Meg

2 March 2017 6:38 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It's capable of bringing down a T-Rex in prehistoric times, so just imagine the meal it could have with a modern-day menu. The massive Megalodon shark from Steve Alten's 1997 novel, Meg, will finally come to life on film via Warner Bros., but viewers now have a bit longer of a wait to see the ultimate apex predator make its splash on the big screen.

Multiple sources, including Variety, report that Meg will now be released in theaters (in 3D and IMAX) on August 10th, 2018, moving it several months from its previous March 2nd slot.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (Last Vegas, National Treasure) and featuring a cast that includes Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose, filming on Meg began last October in New Zealand, with shooting on the project also being done in China.

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Jason Statham’s Shark Thriller ‘Meg’ Swims Back Five Months

2 March 2017 5:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has moved back Jason Statham’s prehistoric giant shark thriller “Meg” to Aug. 10, 2018.

It was previously dated for March 2, 2018, and would have opened against an untitled Fox/Marvel film. The movie will be released in 3D and Imax. “National Treasure” helmer Jon Turteltaub is directing the film with Chinese actress Li Bingbing co-starring with Jessica McNamee, Ruby Rose, and Rainn Wilson. Shooting began in New Zealand last fall.

The film will be co-financed by Flagship Entertainment; Gravity Pictures, a division of China Media Capital (Cmc); and Warner Bros. Gravity Pictures will distribute the film in China, with Warner Bros. handling the film throughout the rest of the world.


Jason Statham’s Shark Movie ‘Meg’ Gets 2018 Release Date

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Belle Avery, and Colin Wilson are producing. Executive producers are Wei Wayne Jiang, Barrie M. Osborne, Randy Greenberg, and Gerald R. Molen.

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Warner Bros. Pushes Jason Statham’s ‘Meg’ to August 2018

2 March 2017 4:50 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Warner Bros. has postponed the release of “Meg,” an action horror movie starring Jason Statham, to August 10, 2018. The movie was originally slated to hit theaters on March 2, 2018. Jon Turteltaub directed the movie, which follows a former Navy captain and deep-sea diver as he tries to save Chinese scientists from a 70-foot white shark. “Meg” is based on 1997 sci-fi book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror” by Steve Alten. Statham, a former competitive diver who participated in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, plays the lead character, Jonas Taylor. The film also features Jessica McNamee, Ruby RoseRainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis »

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Meg Author Promises a Very Scary, Expensive Shark Movie

18 January 2017 3:33 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After being stuck in development for quite some time and going through the hands of several different filmmakers, the giant shark movie Meg is in the can and will be coming out next year. The movie is based on the 1997 novel of the same name, which was written by Steve Alten. The author recently opened up about the movie adaptation. And outside of praising what is on the way, he made it clear that the movie has a budget as big as the shark Jason Statham is going to be doing battle with.

Steve Alten recently spoke with iHorror about Meg and revealed that Warner Bros. apparently has a lot of confidence in what will essentially be a massive, action-packed B-movie. According to the author, Meg has a budget of $150 million and will have a lot of top-notch resources being poured into it, and it will apparently be pretty scary. »

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