Back in June the exciting news was released that horror director Eli Roth would be directing Meg, a movie adaptation of Steve Alten’s giant shark novel of the same name. The star of the film will be an enormous prehistoric Megalodon, and Roth told Collider that after seeing how a giant sperm whale was created for Ron Howard’s In The Heart of The Sea using CGI, then Roth too would use CGI.
Naturally, his reasons for wanting to use CGI is due to the sheer size of Meg, which I am positive is going to look awesome.
Roth provided Collider with a brief update:
“We just turned in the script to the studio and I’m designing the artwork now. I’m doing some character and creature designs. It’s so much fun. I cannot wait.”
He then went on to talk about how In The Heart of The Sea’s stunning special effects influenced him into using CGI to create Meg, and Roth explains that the shark will simply be too big to use practical effects, so seriously what’s not to like about this (providing they get the CGI right!):
“The thing is with Meg, the size of the creature, it sort of becomes impractical to do it practically, but I’ve seen how they’ve done the whale in In the Heart of the Sea. They showed me footage and they’re like, ‘Before you judge CG, take a look at this,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ The whale in In the Heart of the Sea looks so good. I was like, ‘All right, we’re good.’ I wouldn’t do the movie unless I believed the technology was there to do it and the great thing is with Warner Bros and the team that we’re doing [it] with, we’re gonna have the resources to do it right.”
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.