Eli Roth is in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ upcoming giant shark thriller, MEG. After nearly twenty years in development, the reinvigorated project’s status was announced exclusively by The Tracking Board, who revealed that Warner was moving forward on the adaptation of Steve Alten’s bestselling novel. Described as as “Jurassic Park with a shark,” the film centers on two men from opposite points of view that are forced to band together in order to neutralize a Megalodon, a prehistoric apex predator that reached 60 ft, that’s threatening the California coast.
Belle Avery and Colin Wilson will produce the tentpole, with Gerald Molen and Randy Greenberg executive producing. Dean Georgaris scripted the monster shark pic, which sources say is in priority development since Jurassic World’s record-shattering debut. Andrew Fischel and Cate Adams will oversee for Warner.
Roth, an avid fan of sharks, will host Discovery Channel’s Shark After Dark series throughout the network’s iconic “Shark Week” starting July 5. The cult-favorite horror maestro’s Green Inferno remake will hit theaters in September, while his Sundance hit Knock Knock, which starred Keanu Reeves, will bow later this year.
The news about Roth’s involvement was first reported by Variety, while news about the project was first reported by The Tracking Board.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor