The horror director is bringing the ancient Megaladon shark back to life in a film adaptation of the Steve Alten book series

By Michael Miller
June 16, 2015 09:05 PM
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After Jurassic World’s Indominus Rex-sized opening weekend, it’s safe to say giant prehistoric death monsters are back in demand.

Hostel director and Inglorious Bastards star Eli Roth is stepping up to the plate to deliver us a new dinosaur franchise that’s been languishing in the depths of production hell since the Hollywood equivalent of the late Cretaceous period.

Roth has signed on to direct Meg, which is based on the Steve Alten sci-fi book series and has been in development since 1997, according to Variety.

In the novel, an ancient, 60-foot-long shark called a Megaladon – which makes Jaws look like a chihuahua – emerges from the deep sea to terrorize the California coast.

However, the film version will see the prehistoric killing machine wreaking havoc on China’s seas rather than the West Coast, Variety reports.

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While the Megaladon was once one of the fiercest predators on the planet, the giant shark is now very much extinct – despite what you may have seen on Shark Week.

So far there’s no word on a release date for the film, but Roth is already diving into his research head-first. The horror director is hosting Discovery Channel s Shark After Dark as well as this summer’s Shark Week starting on July 5, where he will be literally swimming with the sharks.

The director has been Tweeting his excitement over his new project, joking with My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos about My Big Fat Prehistoric Shark Movie.

By the sounds of this monster Meg, we’re pretty sure he’s gonna need a bigger boat.