‘The Meg 2: The Trench’ is an upcoming sequel to the 2018 hit film ‘The Meg’, which is based on the novel of the same name by Steve Alten. Directed by Ben Wheatley and written by the same team as the first film, the sequel is set to supersize the original blockbuster with even more action, multiple giant sharks, and new monsters. The film is set to release on August 4, 2023, and will feature Jason Statham reprising his role as deep-sea diver Jonas Taylor. Here is everything we know so far about the movie.
The movie is likely to return to the Mariana Trench from where the megalodon originated in the first movie. The plot follows a research team on an exploratory dive into the ocean’s depths, where they come up against multiple massive Megalodons and environmental plunderers. While there is no official plot synopsis yet, there may be a new and potentially greater shark or even a different monster entirely. The trailer released on May 8, 2023, shows underwater exploration and killer sharks.
The cast includes Jason Statham, Wu Jing, Sienna Guillory, Cliff Curtis, Skyler Samuels, Page Kennedy, Shuya Sophia Cai, and Sergio Peris-Mencheta. The newcomers to the cast include Skyler Samuels, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Wu Jing. Tiffany Haddish is also in talks to join the cast in an undisclosed role.
The first trailer for The Meg 2: The Trench promises more megalodons for Jason Statham to handle. The trailer features Jason Statham fighting a big shark and a T-Rex, and the film looks campy and intentionally terrible. While criticized for its lack of gore, The Meg 2: The Trench aims to honor the tone of the first movie. There are multiple sharks and other prehistoric creatures in the movie, and the trailer suggests that the movie will be more self-aware and fun than the first one. One of the creatures shown in the trailer is an octopus, and Statham is seen punching a T-Rex and a shark in the face, referencing “Jaws” and his earlier movie “Transporter 2.”
Behind the Scenes
The Director Ben Wheatley is directing The Meg 2: The Trench, and he is known for his indie films like “A Field in England” and “Kill List.” Wheatley is determined to bring big-scale action to the sequel, and he has stated that the movie has a self-aware and comedic tone, with moments of fear and excitement.
The movie is produced by Apelles Entertainment, and details regarding the sequel have been kept well hidden. At the moment, there hasn’t been much news or behind-the-scenes information released about The Meg 2: The Trench, as the movie is still in pre-production. The movie has a 2.35 aspect ratio, and it is unclear how it might affect the depiction of scale and size, and whether watching it in IMAX would be a good idea.
Special effects: the precedence
Sony Pictures Imageworks worked on the visual effects for the prequel of this movie “The Meg”. Imageworks VFX Supervisor Sue Rowe and her team created over 300 CG shots, characters, and underwater environments for the movie. It built a complete underwater environment for the shoot, with small submersibles called “gliders” were built on set to scale and were on top of a 5-axis motion base. The team used dynamic simulation, lighting passes, and animation passes to achieve the final shot in many scenes.
Meg 2 is shaping up to be an exciting, action-packed adventure film, with plenty of giant sharks and other prehistoric creatures. The movie promises to be more self-aware and fun than the first one, with Jason Statham returning as the fearless deep-sea diver Jonas Taylor. With Ben Wheatley at the helm, the sequel is expected to deliver even more big-scale action and a comedic tone. We can’t wait to see what the film has in store when it hits theaters on August 4, 2023.