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'The Meg' Is Getting a Sequel & It Could Introduce a New Prehistoric Beast

Move over, megalodon. The Kronosaurus is here.

Shark movies aren't going anywhere, and now "The Meg" is getting a sequel.

According to ScreenRant, the Jason Statham-led film about the accidental release of a prehistoric Megalodon shark made $100 million in its first weekend, and has since gone on to make $500 million worldwide.

That kind of money talks, so executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying said that it's "definitely the plan" to make another movie, according to Variety. "It's still very early stages right now, but we're working or starting to work on it," she added.

That's not a lot to go on as far as plot is concerned, but we do know a little bit about what it won't be like.


In an interview with SlashFilm, director Jon Turtletaub made it clear that he didn't want the potential "Meg" franchise to go too big, too quickly.

"The sequels to 'Jaws' very quickly became real stretches to try to find another way to do this movie," he said, adding that he didn't want "The Meg" series to become something ridiculous like "Super Megalodon Versus Super Duper Megalodon."

The first "Meg" movie followed the plot of the book it's based on: "Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror" by author Steve Alten. And the good news is that Alten has more "Meg" books. His second in the series is called "The Trench."

It introduces another real prehistoric monster called the Kronosaurus.

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As Azula previously reported, that 30-foot marine animal was a very fast swimmer and had giant, spiny teeth. It would make for a great sequel addition.

And, Variety reported that producer Belle Avery already bought the rights to five of Alten's "Meg" books, making it easy to adapt a sequel from his source material.

According to Chinese media site Mtime, the first "Meg" movie took about three months to film. It then spent a year and a half in post-production, coming out in August 2018.

If the sequel sticks to that timeline, it could come out summer of 2020 — but that's only if they started shooting, like, right now.

It could even be 2021 before the sequel is out.


In the meantime, Variety reported that China plans to build theme park attractions based around "The Meg" — so plenty more giant prehistoric shark action is on its way.

The first movie even had some pro-ocean conservation lessons, so here's hoping the sequel will continue to push those ideas forward.

That way you can see a fun summer shark movie and also learn how to take care of the sea at the same time.


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