BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warner Bros. Pictures has set a March 2, 2018 U.S. release date for the
new science fiction action thriller based on Steve Alten’s book, ”Meg.”
The film will be co-financed by Flagship Entertainment; Gravity
Pictures, a division of China Media Capital (CMC); and Warner Bros.
Pictures. Gravity Pictures will distribute the film in China and Warner
Bros. will distribute the film throughout the rest of the world.
Jon Turtletaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”) will
direct the film. The film stars Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The
Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Fan Bingbing
(“Buddha Mountain,” “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”).
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson are producing the
film, with Wei Wayne Jiang, Barrie M. Osborne, Randy Greenberg and
Gerald R. Molen serving as executive producers.
An international underwater observation program, led by Chinese
scientists, is under attack by an unknown danger, and its deep-sea
submersible lies disabled and trapped at the bottom of the Mariana
Trench. With time running out, former Naval Captain and expert deep sea
diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by Dr. Zhang Suyin, lead
oceanographer of the program, for what is likely a suicide mission.
Years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying threat, which
forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew, resulting in
disgrace and a dishonorable discharge. Now, Taylor must confront his
fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him
face to face once more with the apex predator of all time.
Principal photography and production will begin later this year in China
and New Zealand.