Jason Statham hooked for lead role in giant prehistoric shark flick, Meg

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Apr 15, 2016, 11:45 AM EDT

Warner Brothers' sci-fi thriller Meg has discovered its main man with today's announcement that Jason Statham will head up this monster fish tale movie.  Director Eli Roth was originally tapped to direct the film but moved on earlier this year.  Based on Steve Alten’s best-selling novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, it concerns the rough seas caused by an ancient, 65-foot Megalodon shark found off the coast of California.  


Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, The Sorcerer's Apprentice) is set to direct this dino-shark diversion in co-operation with Chinese-based production company Gravity Films. Meg's screenplay was written by Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life) and contains a major change of venue in that the big beastly shark will now be raising hell off the coast of China instead of California, a move to further ingratiate the project with its Asian co-financing partners.  

Are we ready to set sail for a "Giant Jaws" cinematic jaunt with The Fast and the Furious' Jason Statham, or will you leave this freaky fishing trip at the dock? 

(Via Deadline)