When Steve Allen’s novel Meg, hit shelves in 1997 many saw it as a bit of a successor to Jaws, and figured it wouldn’t be long until it hit the big screen.
However despite numerous attempts (the first of which was scuppered by the release of Deep Blue Sea), it’s never happened, but they haven’t given up, as now Eli Roth is in talks to direct a film version of the prehistoric shark tale, according to THR.
The novel, ‘revolves around two men who band together to neutralize an ancient shark that’s threatening the California coast. The Megaladon, considered one of the largest and most powerful predators in history, can reach a maximum length of 60 feet.’
However with China now the market Hollywood is keen to pander to, the massive beast will now be threatening that country rather than the US, although there will presumably be some Yanks around to save the day.
Dean Georgaris’ script is apparently the thing that got Warner Bros. excited about the possibilities for Meg, and no doubt Jurassic World’s recent success has helped sweeten things. It’s not clear when it will shoot though.