Open Water has kicked new life into the Shark genre it seems, as New Line has just picked up Meg out of turnaround from Disney with Jan De Bont attached to direct. Steve Alten's best-selling novel Meg concerns an 80-foot-long ancestor of the great white shark, technically known as carcharodon megalodon but dubbed "Meg," that is found by a modern adventurer.
New Line is apparently fast-tracking production with the goal of a summer 2006 release and an estimated budget of $75 million. Shane Salerno (Shaft) is slated to rewrite the script, ready for an autumn start, and Guillermo Del Toro is involved in a producing role. Big Shark. Big Budget. Big Best-Seller. The only major worrying point here is Big Mr de Bont.
On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds.
Written off as a crackpot suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Taylor refuses to forget the depths that nearly cost him his life. With a Ph.D. in paleontology under his belt, Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub.
Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he's never imagined, and what he finds could turn the tides bloody red until the end of time. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.