Look, Jason Statham isn’t a terrible actor, you just have to be in a very specific mood to watch any of his films.
Like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Statham’s films are best viewed on an aeroplane, when there’s no escape and the only other viable thing to do is fall asleep.
Having said that, The Meg – a film about a monster 70-foot shark making a nuisance of itself – was actually a fairly enjoyable watch.
Yeah it’s cheesy as hell, but all in all it’s a good old-fashioned B-movie which went down a storm at the box office, grossing over $527 million worldwide.
And what happens when a film makes that kind of money?
It gets the sequel treatment of course.
Yep, Meg 2 (it’s not actually called that) is lurking in the not-to-distant waters according to The Meg executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying who confirmed the news during the US/China Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles.
“That is definitely the plan. It’s still in the very early stages, but we’re working on it. We’re trying to keep it secret at this time,” Ying told Variety.
Deadline also reports that producer Belle Avery has already purchased the rights to the novel series (consisting of five books) the film was based on, and that there are already Meg-themed amusement park rides in the works in China.
If it’s anything like the Jaws ride at Universal Studios, Florida, it’ll be sh*t scary.
Essentially it also means there could be four more Meg films if they literally go by the book.
Gravity Pictures, which co-funded and co-produced The Meg, definitely seem keen to turn the whole thing into a franchise, but it remains to be seen how subsequent instalments will pan out.
Will we see a load of other prehistoric creatures pop out of the ocean to fight Meg?
Hollywood does love a big-monster mash up movie – just ask Dwayne Johnson.
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