It seems that many were expecting the forthcoming giant shark movie The Meg to be full of blood and guts, and are now disappointed to learn that this is not the case – though that wasn’t the original plan. Said director Jon Turteltaub in an interview with ‘Bloody Disgusting’:
“Knowing that this is for ‘Bloody Disgusting’, I am so disappointed the film wasn’t more bloody or disgusting,” Turteltaub. My wife is glad about it and I’m glad my kids can see the movie, but the number of really horrifying, disgusting and bloody deaths we had lined up that we didn’t get to do is tragic. There was some really good shit that didn’t survive to the final cut.”
“We shot or even did a lot of visual effects for gory scenes. We just realized there’s no way we’re keeping this PG-13 if we show this. It’s too fun a movie to not let people who don’t like blood and people who are under, say, 14 years old into the theater. I was very hesitant to cut out a lot of blood and gore. I wouldn’t have if I thought it was wrecking the story but it wasn’t. It still looked okay. I’ll sit down privately with your audience and take them through some really nasty shit.”
“I don’t want to spoil too much but there was a death in the movie of one of the leading characters where you thought he was still alive and you realized it was only his head. Then the reveal that that was all that was left was awesome, but needless to say quite a few people told us it was creepy and I had to cut it.”
And sadly it doesn’t seem that we’re going to see a Blu-ray or DVD with the deleted footage either.
“The problem nowadays with those unrated DVDs is you used to have a bunch of scenes that were easy to either shoot or leave on the cutting room floor. Now to finish a scene costs millions in VFX. No one’s going to be spending millions of dollars just to have a little extra bonus footage.”
Well, unless the film’s a big hit possibly. I think there’s always hope. But then again, nobody complains that Jaws isn’t bloody enough, so the film could probably be perfectly fine without being gruesome. And the ‘PG’13’ rating apparently still allows for some whale gore. As Turteltaub says:
“Oddly enough, the ratings people don’t mind chunks of whale as much as they mind chunks from a neck. Yet, it’s still right on the edge. I have to say there was a bite missing from a whale, it’s really gross and I think it looks really cool.”
The Meg opens this weekend, Friday, August 10, and our review will be out some time next week.