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The Meg (2018, D: Turteltaub) S: Statham

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April 11, 2005

Alten's 'Meg' in NL's jaws; de Bont set

New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to "Meg," Steve Alten's horror adventure about a prehistoric shark, with Jan de Bont on board to direct. The story features a 80-foot-long prehistoric shark -- scientifically known as Carcharodon megalodon and believed by some to be an ancestor of the great white shark -- which terrorizes the California coast. Two men from opposite points of view are forced to come together to neutralize the threat. Alten's "Meg" was published in 1997 and originally was set up at Walt Disney Pictures' Hollywood Pictures label. The book spawned two sequels, "The Trench" and last year's "Meg: Primal Waters." Shane Salerno is rewriting Alten's script. Producing are Ken Atchity, Nick Nunziata, Guillermo Del Toro, Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Chi-Li Wong. New Line's Jeff Katz and George Waud, who brought the project into the studio, are the execs in charge, along with NL president Toby Emmerich. The studio is putting the project on the fast-track. De Bont most recently directed "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." His credits include "The Haunting," "Twister" and "Speed." He is repped by ICM, Marty Bauer at the Bauer Co. and attorney Stan Coleman. (Borys Kit)

Not sure how I feel about this. While I love any movie involving a shark, MEG was a rather poorly written book. Like a high schooler's summer project, it's rather corny at times and the ending is somewhat over the top.
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Oh, so this is finally getting done? I guess I'm fairly interested.
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i sense a poll coming:

anaconda v. lake placid v. jaws v. meg.

i think i should write a book about giant lobsters attacking the shores of maine.
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Let us not forget Orca vs the super-smart sharks from Deep Blue Sea
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Originally Posted by pdinosaur
i sense a poll coming:

anaconda v. lake placid v. jaws v. meg.
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vs. vs. vs.

Watch out! She's a fiesty one!
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
Watch out! She's a fiesty one!

haha. yeah i thought the same thing when i read the thread. jaws 5: the romantic comedy. (sorry meg, all you're good for)
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What about Spring Break Shark Attack?
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Originally Posted by Cusm
What about Spring Break Shark Attack?

irrelevant. because we all know these guys would win the battle

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MEG was a bad book, I'll be interested to see how the story changes for film. The original Jaws novel is pretty poor also, that's a case where the film superceded the source material. Now De Bont is certainly no Spielberg, and I'm not saying this will be a masterpiece. But it could be a fun movie if the idea is handled properly.


Nick Nunziata also runs the CHUD site, he's posted his thoughts:

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Originally Posted by stinkeye
MEG was a bad book, I'll be interested to see how the story changes for film. The original Jaws novel is pretty poor also, that's a case where the film superceded the source material. Now De Bont is certainly no Spielberg, and I'm not saying this will be a masterpiece. But it could be a fun movie if the idea is handled properly.


Nick Nunziata also runs the CHUD site, he's posted his thoughts:

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yeah, back on topic....

i'm frequently surprised by movies like this. i thought that anaconda wasn't a very well received movie. but then it was superbitted, sequeled, and copied with stuff like lake placid (i think this came after...)

i do hope meg doesn't bear too much resemblance on a shark, as i would certainly expect many people to dismiss this movie as 'jaws on steroids.'

it's sad, really. our monster movies seem to consist of nothing more than gigantized predators. back in the 50s, these were all radioactive, now, they're just big.

oh, to have mst3k around to mock modern movies
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin

Watch out! She's a fiesty one!
We're gonna need a bigger boat
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Yes!! Been waiting for this one.

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Originally Posted by Artman
Yes!! Been waiting for this one.

haha. awesome.
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Originally Posted by Cusm
What about Spring Break Shark Attack?
or Great White
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Nick Nunziata also runs the CHUD site, he's posted his thoughts:
Nick Nunziata being involved with this doesn't inspire confidence. Then again, neither does Jan De Bont or the source material. Pretty much everyone involved sucks.

However, I'm a sucker for a giant shark movie, but another Jaws, this certainly won't be.
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Careful! The shark must not go below 50mph!
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Finally!!! I'm excited. The author has been trying to get this made for years.
If the effects are good, this could be a fun flick.
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Or Tintorera

or Mako: Jaws of Death

or Red Water

or Blue Water, White Death

blah blah blah
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Originally Posted by Artman
Yes!! Been waiting for this one.

Spoilers please!
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Part of the problem as I see it is a Megalodon is just too damn big to be an effective, frightening killing machine, aka Jaws. The shark is an 60-80 prehistoric monster. He would swallow people whole, rather than bite them up in little bitty pieces. Where's the fun it that. Not to mention, I think it may come off as unbelievable considering his extreme size.

Maybe I'm just being too negative. After Jaws though, all shark films come up way short. I will admit though a scene to start off the film where the shark eats a T-Rex in the cretaceous era, would be very cool.
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Spoilers please!
It's just a fan-made image. I was trying to find that site again but couldn't. They had some cool concept stuff on it.
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Originally Posted by Terrell
Part of the problem as I see it is a Megalodon is just too damn big to be an effective, frightening killing machine, aka Jaws. The shark is an 60-80 prehistoric monster. He would swallow people whole, rather than bite them up in little bitty pieces. Where's the fun it that. Not to mention, I think it may come off as unbelievable considering his extreme size.
and in the movie I quoted, Great White the original poster/adverts showed an aerial shot of a woman on her blowup raft as a humoungous great white is seen just under the water with it's gaping mouth about to swallow her - it was a very effective and scary image for this movie. Now if I could dig up the newspaper clipping I had saved.

question: there was a recent made for TV film about a series of shark attacks at the turn of the century and was based on a real account - what was the title of it?
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Originally Posted by Giles
question: there was a recent made for TV film about a series of shark attacks at the turn of the century and was based on a real account - what was the title of it?


The TV movie had the same title
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thanks devilshalo, have you read (the book) or seen the tv movie?
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I have been waiting for this movie for a while, the book was a fun read and I always thought it should be a movie. cant wait!!!


you may think that a 70'+ shark would make for boring less realistic action, but from what I remember in the book there were some scenes I would love to see on the big screen.

Spoiler:
I think it is in the 2nd or 3rd book, but I would love to see the part where barry bonds hits a record breaking home run into the water and in the middle of the fight for the ball a 70' meg surfaces and starts eating people, or the part where it sinks a yacht that was having a wedding on it. I dont remember exactly what happens in the first book so I guess I will have to re-read that one.

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