The Meg, which features action-thriller star Jason Statham, debuted in 2018 and somewhat surprisingly cashed in for over $580 million worldwide at the box office. This left Megheads (okay, fine — they’re not actually called that, but they will be soon) wondering about a possible sequel. And now, the megalodon is set to return to the big screen with The Meg 2 likely in 2021.
Will Jason Statham Return for The Meg 2?
While relatively little information is currently available for The Meg 2, we do know that Jason Statham is returning to play rescue diver and shark expert Jonas Taylor. His supporting cast is still up in the air.
In The Meg, Rainn Wilson plays billionaire Jack Morris, who owns top-notch research facility Mana One. At the facility, Morris meets Dr. Minway Zhang (played by The Wedding Banquet‘s Winston Chao), and his daughter, Suyin (played by Transformers actress Li Bingbing).
The group explores the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, concealed by a thermocline. This accidentally releases a surviving megalodon into the water above, and the action ensues.
Of the surviving members of the film, the most likely to reappear in The Meg 2 are:
- Suyin (Li Bingbing)
- Lori Taylor (Jessica McNamee)
- James “Mac” Mackreides (Cliff Curtis)
- Jaxx (Ruby Rose)
- Meiying (Sophia Cai)
- DJ (Page Kennedy)
Statham is expected to have a significant influence over the creative direction of The Meg 2, as well.
Who Is Directing The Meg 2?
The Meg director Jon Turteltaub — most widely known for directing the National Treasure series — will not return for the sequel. Instead, director of Netflix’s hit drama Rebecca Ben Wheatley is set to take over. Wheatley is also currently signed on to direct Tomb Raider 2, which could delay The Meg 2 release date.
Wheatley is known for incorporating black comedy into his psychological thrillers and horror films. It’ll be interesting to see how his directing style influences The Meg 2, which is filled with self-aware humor.
What Monster Might The Meg 2 Feature?
At the end of The Meg, Taylor manages to kill the massive shark. But what else might lurk beneath the thermocline, deep down in the Mariana Trench?
The movie is based on Steve Alten’s 1997 novel, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.
The novel currently has seven sequels, so there is plenty of material for screenplay writers Dean Georgaris, Erich Hoeber, and Jon Hoeber to work with.
“The thing about the book series is, I just finished book six, Meg: Generation. And each book ups the ante a little bit more. And producer Belle Avery especially, I know she will follow the sequels,” Alten said. “If [the producers] follow the sequels, then they won’t have to reinvent the wheel. Because [the books take the story] to new places and introduce new monsters.”
“A lot of people like dinosaurs,” he continued. “And I did too, growing up. But the sea creature monsters and dinosaurs are much more fearsome than the land creatures. There’s the T-Rex, but that is pretty much all you really have on land. In the ocean, you have some amazing sea creatures, and I’d love to see them all brought back to life.”
If you’re a Meghead (yes, I’m still trying to get this catchphrase started) stay tuned for more updates as this story progresses.