Shooting Begins on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Gravity Pictures’ Sci-Fi Film “Meg”

Jason Statham and Li Bingbing star under the direction of Jon

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Principal photography is underway in New Zealand on the science fiction
action thriller “Meg,” being directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National
Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”). The film stars Jason Statham (“Spy,”
“Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films). Award-winning Chinese actress Li
Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The
Message”) has been set to star opposite Statham.

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation
program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to
be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in
the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert
deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary
Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter
Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this
unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the
Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor
had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin,
he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone
trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and
largest predator of all time.

Rounding out the international main cast of “Meg” are New Zealander
Cliff Curtis (“The Dark Horse,” “Risen,” TV’s “Fear the Walking Dead”),
Rainn Wilson (TV’s “The Office,” “Super”), Ruby Rose (“xXx: Return of
Xander Cage,” TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), Winston Chao
(“Skiptrace,” “Kabali”), Page Kennedy (TV’s “Rush Hour”), Jessica
McNamee (“The Vow,” TV’s “Sirens”), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The BFG,”
TV’s “The Missing”), Robert Taylor (“Focus,” TV’s “Longmire”), Sophia
Shuya Cai (“Somewhere Only We Know”), and Masi Oka (TV’s “Hawaii
Five-0,” “Heroes”).

Turteltaub is directing the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and
Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the New York Times
best-selling book by Steve Alten. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the
“Transformers” films), Belle Avery (“Before the Devil Knows You’re
Dead”) and Colin Wilson (“Suicide Squad,” “Avatar”) are producing the
film, with Wayne Wei Jiang, Randy Greenberg, Barrie M. Osborne and
Gerald R. Molen serving as executive producers.

Turteltaub’s behind-the-scenes team includes Oscar-nominated director of
photography Tom Stern (“Changeling,” “Sully,” “American Sniper,” “The
Hunger Games”), Oscar-winning production designer Grant Major (“The Lord
of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “X-Men- Apocalypse”), editor
Steven Kemper (“Salt,” “Mission: Impossible II,” “Face/Off”) and costume
designer Amanda Neale (“Truth,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “What We Do in the

In addition to New Zealand, filming on “Meg” is also being accomplished
on location in China.

“Meg” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures.
It is production of di Bonaventura Pictures, Apelles Entertainment,
Maeday Productions, Inc., and Flagship Entertainment, in association
with Beijing Digital Impression (BDI) Film, Inc.

“Meg” will be distributed in China by Gravity Pictures during Chinese
New Year 2018, and throughout the rest of the world by Warner Bros.
Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company, slated for release on March 2,



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