With the film earning over $527 million worldwide (with $153 million just in China), it’s no surprise that a The Meg sequel is on the way. According to Deadline, the first film’s executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying revealed at the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit that early work had begun.
“That is definitely the plan,” Ying said when asked about making it a franchise and The Meg sequel. “It’s still in the very early stages, but we’re working on it. We’re trying to keep it secret at this time.” Ying is the VP of CMC and CEO of Gravity Pictures, which was involved in financing the $130 million-budgeted U.S.-China co-production, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film earned $142.9 million in North America and $384.8 million in the rest of the world.
The site adds that The Meg sequel does not have any screenwriters yet and hasn’t officially received the green light from Warner Bros.
The first film opened in theaters on August 10, 2018 and is officially described as follows:
“A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt.
Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths…bringing him face to face once more with the apex predator of all time.”
The Meg cast also includes Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Cai, Masi Oka and Cliff Curtis.
Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure movies) directed the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the best-selling novel MEG by Steve Alten. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Belle Avery, and Colin Wilson produced the film, with Gerald R. Molen, Wei Jang, Randy Greenberg, Catherine Xujun Ying, Chantal Nong and Barrie M. Osborne serving as executive producers.