The Meg 2 Hires Ben Wheatley, Begins Filming in the U.K.

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The Meg 2 will begin filming next week, pitting Jason Statham against a furious, ancient, oversized shark once again.

According to KFTV, Meg 2: The Trench will begin filming at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden in the U.K. on Monday, January 24. The studio boasts two big water tank sets, one outside and one on a soundstage, that will be used for the majority of the action. The first film was shot primarily in New Zealand.

The Meg 2: What’s Different This Time?


The change in filming locations is not the only thing that will be altered in the future sequel. Ben Wheatley will direct The Meg 2, taking over for Jon Turteltaub, who directed the first picture. Wheatley has previously worked on thrillers such as Kill List, released in 2011.

This shift could be a sign of upcoming changes. The PG-13 rating of the first film disappointed Statham, who plays Jonas Taylor, an adventurous paleobiologist who investigates the megalodon, a large and prehistoric shark species. As a result, the change in director and production location could have foreshadowed a change in the sequel's direction.

Thankfully, we have confirmation that Statham will return for the sequel. Statham is supposed to have more creative power this time around, according to BloodyDisgusting, though no specific changes to the series have been announced.

Meg 2: The Trench Release Date

The film's release date has yet to be determined. The Meg, the first film in the series, is not yet available for streaming. It is, however, accessible on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital.

The Meg 2 is based on the Steve Alten sci-fi thriller book series of the same name, which follows Jonas Taylor on his undersea close encounters with prehistoric sharks.

The first film of the series debuted in 2018 and grossed more than $500 million at the box office. Taylor visits Mana One, a subaquatic research center, after a series of inexplicable underwater attacks, only to discover that the megalodon has followed.

Wheatley can assist The Meg in resolving its most severe issue: a lack of focus. With Alten's approval for the script's rumored darker tones and Wheatley hinting at big-action and several megalodons in the sequel, the film appears to be in good hands.