Eli Roth is no longer attached to the new science fiction action based on Steve Alten’s book of the same name, Meg.
The ultimate apex predator will now be helmed by Jon Turtletaub (the National Treasure movies, Last Vegas) with Jason Statham (Furious 7) and award-winning Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) to star in the feature film.
Meg will be distributed by Gravity Pictures in China and Warner Bros. will handle distribution throughout the rest of the world. Principal photography and production will begin later this year in China and New Zealand.
According to the press release, Meg is slated to hit theaters on March 2nd, 2018.
An international underwater observation program, led by Chinese scientists, is under attack by an unknown danger, and its deep-sea submersible lies disabled and trapped at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. With time running out, former Naval Captain and expert deep sea diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by Dr. Zhang Suyin, lead oceanographer of the program, for what is likely a suicide mission. Years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying threat, which forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew, resulting in disgrace and a dishonorable discharge. Now, Taylor must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the apex predator of all time.