Images from the Giant Shark Movie ‘The Meg,’ Jason Statham Talks Swimming with Sharks


Jason Stathom vs. Jaws? Shut up, Meg!

Based on the 1997 novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, here’s the official synopsis of the film:

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.

Wasn’t this being helmed by Eli Roth at one point? Oh well, apparently the film is now being captained by National Treasure director Jon Turtletaub. I actually think the material is better suited to Roth’s gore-hound sensibility, but for all I know this will be rated PG-13 (tragically). At least Turtletaub will have more experience with visual effects.

Now here’s Jason Statham talking about his vacation:

On the early stages of the prep, we took a trip to Fiji, and we went diving with some bull sharks… They hand-feed them and it’s a spectacular thing to see. These things are three meters in length, huge big things. There were 20 or 30 of these things, and they were hand-feeding [them] big tuna heads, and we got very, very close, and it was a spectacular moment. To swim in close proximity to a big, three-meter shark, is to be recommended to all and everyone.

(More at Entertainment Weekly)

I question how stuff like this can help an actor prepare, especially when we’re talking a big dumb summer movie, but I’m just a guy sitting miles from Fiji.

The Meg breaches on August 10.