The Meg

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The Meg
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Dean Georgaris[1]
  • Jon Hoeber[1]
  • Erich Hoeber[1]
Based on Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror
by Steve Alten
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Tom Stern
Edited by Steven Kemper
Distributed by
  • Warner Bros. Pictures[2](United States/International)
  • Gravity Pictures[1][3](China)
Release date
  • August 10, 2018 (2018-08-10) (United States/China)[4]
Running time
113 minutes[5]
Language English
Budget $150 million[7]

The Meg is an upcoming action science fiction horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, based on the 1997 science fiction book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis, and follows a group of scientists who must stop a 75-foot Megalodon shark from terrorizing a beach. An American-Chinese co-production, it is scheduled to be released in both countries on August 10, 2018, in Real D 3D and IMAX.


Two hundred miles off the Chinese coast, a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark called Megalodon, thought to be long extinct, rises from the depths of the ocean and attacks a research submersible, leaving its crew stranded. Diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) — who has encountered the monster before — is called into action to help rescue the crew and stop the meaty monster before it attacks the mainland and eats those that are offshore.



Initially the rights to the book were acquired by Disney in 1997,[8] however by 2015 they had passed to Warner Bros.[8] By June of that year Eli Roth was reported to be in talks to direct,[9] although Jon Turteltaub would ultimately end up directing.

Principal photography on the film began on October 13, 2016 in West Auckland, New Zealand.[10][11] Principal photography ended on January 11, 2017.[citation needed]


The Meg was scheduled to be released by Gravity Pictures in China[1] and Warner Bros. in the United States on March 2, 2018.[12] Presenting companies Warner Bros. Pictures and China’s Gravity Pictures said that the film will release during the 2018 Chinese New Year period in China. The week-long annual holidays kicked off on February 16, 2018, some two weeks ahead of the March 2, 2018 date.[1] The Meg was then pushed back to be released on August 10, 2018, in 3D and IMAX.[4] The first official trailer was released on YouTube on April 9, 2018.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Frater, Patrick (October 13, 2016). "China to Get First Release of Shark Thriller 'Meg'". Variety. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "China to Get First Release of Shark Thriller 'Meg'". Variety. October 13, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b McNary, Dave (March 2, 2017). "Jason Statham's Shark Thriller 'Meg' Swims Back Five Months". Variety. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ "THE MEG (12A)". Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Ltd. British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved July 5, 2018. 
  6. ^ "The Meg (2018)". AllMovie. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  7. ^ Frater, Patrick (March 3, 2017). "Warner's 'Meg' Helps Launch New Zealand's Kumeu Film Studio (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "{TB Exclusive} In 2008 the film franchise rights were optioned in perpetuity by producer Belle Avery with her company Apelles Entertainment. After eight long years with multiple trips to China, Jiang Wei head of Gravity Pictures partnered with Apelles Entertainment, after development Warner Bros who came on board. Long-Awaited Giant Shark Thriller "Meg" Swims to Warner Bros". Tracking Board. June 3, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 16, 2015). "Eli Roth to Direct Giant Shark Thriller 'Meg' for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  10. ^ Butler, Karen (October 15, 2016). "Jason Statham, Jon Turteltaub start shooting shark tale 'Meg' in New Zealand". UPI. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Meg: Filming Begins on Giant Shark Movie with Jason Statham". Collider. October 13, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (May 16, 2016). "Jason Statham's Shark Movie 'Meg' Gets 2018 Release Date". Variety. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ "The Meg Trailer 2018". YouTube. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 

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