Eli Roth is getting ready to take a bite out of the giant animal genre.
EW has confirmed that the horror director and sometimes actor is set to helm Meg for Warner Bros., a story about the megalodon—think “bigger, scarier great white”—threatening modern-day shores. Variety first reported the story.
The film is based on Steve Alten’s 1997 sci-fi thriller, MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror, a New York Times best-seller that centered on the reappearance of a giant ancient predator. According to Variety’s published report, Disney was set to produce an adaptation in the late ’90s, though that project never materialized.
You might say giant ancient predators are all the rage in Hollywood at the moment, given the outsize performance of Universal’s Jurassic World at the boxoffice — the Chris Pratt-led sequel took in all the money ever this past weekend to become the record-setter for the highest-grossing opening of all time. No word yet on whether any trained velociraptors are due to make a cameo in Roth’s new film.
Dean Georgaris penned the script. Apelles Entertainment’ Belle Avery will produce, while Colin Wilson is producing through Maedey Productions. Gerald Molen and Randy Greenberg are executive producers.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article attributed Avery as working for Atelles Entertainment.