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.
Costs went up to nearly $200 million, and after repeatedly trying to reduce this, New Line pulled out. Now, the Tracking Board report that Meg is now with Warner Brothers, who have the film listed as a “priority development”.
The Manchurian Candidate and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life scribe Dean Georgaris scripted the latest draft of the adaptation, taking over for the nearly seven previous writers, including Alten, that penned different versions throughout the years. Sources reveal that Warner is currently in the midst of finding a director for the project. Veteran producer Colin Wilson, who has long been attached, will produce alongside Belle Avery, while Andrew Fischel and Cate Adams will oversee development for Warner.
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.
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.