There was a time when audiences couldn’t get enough of Shark Movies. The Jaws franchise was the first to really set the standard for the genre, but as with most things too much of a good thing can get old quick. After Jaws 1 & 2, the franchise began taking very off-kilter directions, causing the genre to lie dormant for some time. Afterward, Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) took hold of the Shark Film genre and ran with it, airing such films as the Mega Shark series and the iconic Sharknado franchise.
However, since movies like The Shallows and 47 Meters Down have come out, the genre has seen a revival. So, naturally, it’s time for the genre to get a bit outlandish. The first trailer for Jason Statham‘s giant shark film, The Meg, is reminiscent of the Jaws franchise, just on steroids!
In the film, 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 (Jason 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.
I love the fact that Warner Bros. is taking a chance and adapting Steve Alten‘s best-selling novel. It’s been a long time since we were able to see a giant Shark film and this trailer actually looks really fun. Whether or not this will open the door for more big-budget Giant Undersea Films remains to be seen, but we can cherish the fact that, for now, Jason Statham will get to save us from this threatening Megalodon.
The Meg releases August 10, 2018, starring Jason Statham, Winston Chao, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Cliff Curtis, Sophia Shuya Cai, and Masi Oka. The Meg is directed by Jon Turteltaub of the National Treasure films and Last Vegas.