Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England, High Rise, Rebecca) is helming the upcoming sequel to The Meg aka The Meg 2. And today the filmmaker talked a bit about the upcoming $130-$180 million Jason Statham sequel.
Read his comments below.
Wheatley tells ComicBook.com: “A lot of it is respecting The Meg, and trying to make sure it’s a great Meg film. And as you can see from the movies I’ve made, they’re not necessarily … when you go and do Doctor Who, I don’t completely change it because I wanted to do it. I didn’t want to necessarily make it something completely different that nobody recognized, you know? So there’s that element of back and forth.”
Sounds good to us!
He adss: “But it’s an opportunity to do action on such an insanely large scale, that it’s just unbelievable. From doing Free Fire, which was all my Christmases came at once in terms of action, this is just unbelievable. And just doing the storyboards for it, just thinking, ‘Oh,’ it’s just … I feel a heavy responsibility for it, to make sure that it kind of delivers on all the, to all the big shark fans out there.”
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Belle Avery produce with Jon and Erich Hoeber penning the recent rewrite of Dean Georgaris’ script. Catherine Ying, Li Ruigang, E. Bennett Walsh, Gerald Molen, and Randy Greenberg are exec producing.
Jon Turteltaub directed the first flick from a screenplay written by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber based on Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. It stars Statham with Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, and Winston Chao.
The first film tells the tale of a previously thought to be extinct massive creature that attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary oceanographer recruits rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) to save the crew and the sea itself from an unimaginable threat — a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.
The film sports a 46% rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: The Meg sets audiences up for a good old-fashioned B-movie creature feature but lacks the genre thrills — or the cheesy bite — to make it worth diving in.
Are you up for The Meg 2?