Based on the 1997 Steve Alten novel, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, The Meg is a hotly anticipated action-horror film in 2018. Aside from a simple synopsis, casting news, and an intriguing teaser poster, not much information has been released about the film. To date, we know Jason Statham plays a deep sea rescue diver tasked with rescuing the crew on a submersible research station that has been stranded at the bottom of the ocean. However, to rescue its crew, Statham must confront a monster he’s seen once before – the previously believed to be extinct Megalodon shark, a 75-foot prehistoric fish. After releasing a film still earlier in the day, Warner Bros. Pictures has finally given us our first trailer.
The first trailer doesn’t give us much additional information about the film’s story. However, you can gather a little about the film’s tone. From the opening shots, The Meg seems to promise an intense under-water horror film with Megalodon’s shadowy appearance. With the remainder of the trailer, the tone seems to shift, suggesting that the Jon Turteltaub-directed triller may have more in common with Alexandre Aja’s Piranha remake than Jaws. Rainn Wilson is on hand to provide comedy relief.
All the trailer shots of the giant shark are quick making it difficult to get a feel for the quality of the special effects. Admittedly, the shot of the Megalodon swimming beneath all those swimmers looks pretty cool. Ultimately the trailer seems to promise some late-summer fun in the tradition of shark films like Deep Blue Sea.
In addition to Statham and Wilson, the cast is rounded out by BingBing Lee, Ruby Rose, and Cliff Curtis. The Meg is set for an August 10th release.