The Meg 2 Is Coming to Shark Up the Silver Screen With a New Director

Shark eat shark eat dude world.
Shark eat shark eat dude world.
Image: Warner Bros.

The Meg, an action vehicle for both Jason Statham and prehistoric sharks, is getting a sequel. But someone else will be stepping up to the director’s chair.

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The original film, which was stunningly successful to the tune of $530.3 globally, starred Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose versus a giant megalodon, a prehistoric shark discovered and opposed by Statham’s shark expert main character. That film was directed by Jon Turteltaub of the National Treasure franchise.

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Turteltaub won’t be returning for The Meg 2, but a lot of talent from the first film are, including Statham and the film’s writers. Ben Wheatley will be the sequel’s director. Wheatley, who recently released a version of Rebecca on Netflix, is also known for his work on High Rise and Free Fire.

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Not much else is known about the sequel at this time, but it seems like Warner Bros. is more than eager to repeat the success of the original, which was shockingly successful for what, on the surface, looks a bit like just another Jason Statham action vehicle. My suggestion for the sequel: two megalodons. Imagine the drama! The romance! The fins!


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DISCUSSION

SPOILERS FOR THE MEG AHEAD!!

“My suggestion for the sequel: two megalodons.” Hmm, there were 2 megalodons in the first movie. Granted, not at the same time, but still...

That said - I’m most curious to see if the sequel will bring back Li Bingbing and continue the very interesting romance between her and Statham. And by interesting, I mean that it was interestimg that there was one in the first place. Indeed, I don’t know if you noticed, but in most Made-with/for-China Hollywood blocksbusters — Independence Day: Resurgence, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Great Wall — there is never any romance between the Chinese female lead and the American male lead, unlike in more typical blockbusters. Sometime one character will note how how he thinks the Chinese woman is hot, but it’s always a one-way street that never goes anywhere. I can think of a number of sociopolitical reasons to explain this, beginning with the fact that China’s ratio of men/women in certain age groups is heavily skewed towards men because of the One Child Policy, creating a lot of frustrated bachelors.

The Meg, however, was different, with one scene of Li Bingbing ogling a naked-but-for-a-towel Jason Statham and making it clear she was liking was what she was seeing, and multiple scenes of other characters, including Li Bingbing’s daughter and Jason Statham’s ex, going “Yeah, you two should totally shack up together.” So I’m curious to see wether the sequel will keep building on that peculiar feature of the movie.

Tl;Dr: I’ve put way too much thought into a dumb shark movie.