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Eli Roth Has Big Plans For Shark Epic Meg

When the news broke about Eli Roth’s ambitious shark movie Meg, it seemed almost too good to be true. Having spent the last 12 years churning out reliably well-crafted indie horror films, Roth is finally getting a chance to work with a studio budget. Even better, this film promises to return the shark movie—rendered silly by films like Sharktopus and Sharknado—back to the legitimacy of the subgenre’s greatest triumph: Jaws.

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Based on the novels by Steve Alten, Meg revolves around 70-foot, 60,000 pound great white shark. Speaking to Collider, Roth explains that he considered using the kinds of practical effects that made Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic a nightmare to shoot—and then he saw footage of Ron Howard’s upcoming In the Heart of the Sea. “They showed me footage and they’re like, ‘Before you judge CG, take a look at this,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ The whale in In the Heart of the Sea looks so good. I was like, ‘All right, we’re good.’ I wouldn’t do the movie unless I believed the technology was there to do it and the great thing is with Warner Bros and the team that we’re doing [it] with, we’re gonna have the resources to do it right.”

“I was very up-front about where I wanted to go with the story, and they loved it,” Roth told Fangoria. “The Green Inferno and Knock Knock were movies I made for $5 million, and Meg is a $100-million movie, so obviously there are going to be a lot of voices in the mix, but that’s okay because I’m ready for that, and I’m excited to do it. I really feel like I can make a great, great movie out of this.”

If all goes according to plan, Meg will be ready for release some time in 2017, but you have two other Eli Roth films to tide you over. Knock Knock hits theatres on October 9th and, after two years of delays, The Green Inferno arrives in theatres today. For more about the latter, read our interview with Roth here.

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