Summertime and sharks. Where have we heard that combo before?
The Meg 2: The Trench–the aquatic sequel to 2018’s shark-a-thon The Meg–this week hooked its release date and (no surprise here) it will be during the summer, according to a report on collider.com.
Warner Bros. announced at this week’s CinemaCon that the sequel will splash into theaters Aug. 4, 2023, so that leaves fans lots of time to prepare for a Battle Royal with another prehistoric predator.
The film is scheduled to shoot through next month at the Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in England, using two water tanks–one exterior and one inside D Stage.
The Meg 2–directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Ric and Jon Hoeber (who also wrote the original)–will have Jason Statham reprise his Jonas Taylor persona, aided and abetted this time around by action star Wu Jing.
Statham had nice things to say about the sequel and his director, saying he and Wheatley have “similar tastes. I like his movies. I think he’s a brilliant director, and I think we have a good shot at making something good.”
The original The Meg–directed by Jon Turteltaub and based on Steve Alten’s 1997 Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror–follows a U.S. Navy diver who sets out to rescue a group of scientists from a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as a megalodon. The thriller earned $530 million worldwide on a $150-million budget.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on The Meg 2: The Trench.