Jason Statham is one of those actors that film fans have grown to appreciate over the years. The man’s an action star almost in the vein of Stallone and Schwarzenegger, but he never seems to get caught in the trap of taking himself too seriously (If you haven’t yet, you need to check out his hilarious performance in Spy). He knows what audiences want to see out of him, and he embraces it wholeheartedly.
If you need any more evidence backing up that statement, then you need look no further than one of his upcoming films, Meg. The movie is set to be directed by Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure, and more importantly, 3 Ninjas), and is based on a Steve Alten novel of the same name.
Speaking with Jim Norton and Sam Roberts on the Jim & Sam Show, Statham gave some brief insight into the flick:
“I just did a movie about a shark. It’s a cross between, I’d say, Jaws and Jurassic Park. It turned out really good. I mean, apparently. We don’t know until we see it. It’s called Meg, as in megalodon.”
A giant shark movie? With the exception of may Sharknado (and let's be real, that's a comedy), I don’t think I’ve seen one of those hit theaters in recent years. The last one I can remember was Deep Blue Sea. But nowadays, this seems like a film that would be tailor-made for 3D, kind of like Piranha 3D. When asked about that, he said “probably” which likely means that it wasn’t shot from the ground-up with 3D in mind. I would say that’s an opportunity missed, but I can’t say 3D has ever added much for me outside of a handful of film.
The synopsis to Meg, as revealed last year, is as follows:
“A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.”
Not going to lie, while this does seem like a fun flick, it’s probably something I’d enjoy more at home with a few beers. Unless the trailers down the line prove the film to be exceptional, which is still possible. Given the international cast surrounding Statham, we can probably expect this one to bring a whole lot of spectacle that’ll help bring overseas audiences to the theaters.
Will you be looking forward to Meg? Let us know your thoughts down below.
Meg hits theaters on August 10, 2018.