Now here’s some news that’s sure to delight fans of horror and shark movies: Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever, Knock Knock, The Green Inferno) is in talks to direct Meg, a film based on Steve Alten’s novel of the same name.
Variety reported the news, stating:
Sources tell Variety that Eli Roth is in talks to direct the Warner Bros. tentpole. Belle Avery will produce through her banner Atelles Entertainment, and Colin Wilson is producing the pic through Maedey Productions from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris based on the Steve Alten novel.
Gerald Molen and Randy Greenberg are exec producing. Gravity Pictures will co-finance the pic and distribute the film in China.
Author Steve Alten’s giant shark novel Meg (short for Megalodon) hit shelves way back in 1997, and since then a movie adaptation has been trying to get off the ground.
Disney first jumped on the movie adaptation in 1997, and after spending nearly a million dollars, they pulled out after Deep Blue Sea failed to really deliver at the box office. New Line were next, and they fast tracked the film for a summer 2006 release, with Guillermo del Toro involved, and Jan De Bont hired as a producer and possible director. De Bont even hired a team, and the cost of the film was estimated at $80 million.
Described as “Jurassic Park with a shark,” the film is based on the original bestselling novel Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror written by Steve Alten, which centers on two men from opposite points of view that are forced to band together in order to neutralize the terror that’s threatening the California coast.
This time around the shark will be terrorizing the coast of China rather than California — a change that helped in bringing on Gravity Pictures as a co-financier. Andrew Fischel and Cate Adams will oversee development for Warner Bros.
Alten’s bestselling debut novel, which was a hit at the Frankfurt Book Fair at the time of its release, was so successful that is spawned three sequels. The series follows a team of scientists that must capture a massive prehistoric shark, long believed to be extinct, that becomes unearthed from the depths of the Mariana Trench. The species in question is that of the Carcharodon Megalodon, an apex predator that reached nearly 80 ft, and went extinct around two million years ago.
Roth is also about to host Discovery Channel’s “Shark After Dark” as well as “Shark Week,” beginning July 5, where he can be seen swimming with sharks.