Hostel director to take on giant, prehistoric shark movie Meg

meg movie eli roth
The dinosaurs of Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World are grabbing all the attention (and the records) right now, but Warner Bros. Pictures is hoping to make its own monster-fueled blockbuster with giant prehistoric sharks.

After nearly 20 years in development limbo, a big-screen adaptation of Steve Alten’s 1997 novel Meg is not only moving forward, but may have landed Cabin Fever and Hostel director Eli Roth to bring the story from page to screen. Variety reports that Roth is in talks to direct the film, which follows the story of a man hunting one of the prehistoric period’s most deadly predators.

Alten’s novel follows deep-sea diver Jonas Taylor, the only survivor of an exploratory mission to the Mariana Trench that was interrupted by the attack of a Megalodon, a relative of the Great White Shark that was believed to be extinct and grew up to 60 feet long. Dismissed by the scientific community, Taylor spends years attempting to prove that such a creature could still exist at the greatest depths of the ocean, and eventually learns how right he was when he joins a former colleague on another mission to the famous trench.

Given that the Megalodon is often touted to have been able to tear apart a Tyrannosaurus Rex in seconds, Warner is likely banking on this giant-monster movie capitalizing on the current wave of dinosaur-dominated fascination with the genre.

If Meg does indeed find its way to the screen, though, it will have taken a long and winding road to get there. Alten’s book was optioned almost immediately after publication in 1997, and was initially set up at Walt Disney Pictures for a big-screen adaptation. However, the failure of 1999’s similarly shark-fueled thriller Deep Blue Sea gave the studio second thoughts about investing in Meg, and the project stalled until Warner acquired the rights to it.

The most recent writer to draft a script for the adaptation is Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life screenwriter Dean Georgaris, whose screenplay was received well by the studio and will likely be the foundation for the big-screen version of Meg.

There’s no word yet on when the studio expects to release the film.

Cars

Ford teams up with Walmart to study consumer response to autonomous delivery

Last week it was Ford and VW, and this week Ford and Walmart are signaling a desire to work together on autonomous vehicles solutions. Ford and the giant retailer will study consumer reactions to self-driving delivery vehicles.
Mobile

Apple to boost its Amazon presence with listings for iPhones, iPads, and more

Apple is about to start offering more of its kit on Amazon. The tech giant currently only has very limited listings on the shopping site, but the deal will see the arrival of the latest iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and more.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Home Theater

Bask in the glory of your home theater with these 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays

What good is a 4K TV if you don't have the means of pushing it to its limits? Here are our favorite 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, all of which are nothing short of stunning. It'll make you wonder why you haven't always watched movies this way.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

Michelle Yeoh reportedly in talks for stand-alone ‘Star Trek’ show

Reports claims that actress Michelle Yeoh is in talks to reprise her Star Trek: Discovery role in a spin-off series. The series will focus on Georgiou being recruited into Section 31, a secretive organization within Starfleet.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Buster Scruggs,’ ‘Missing Link,’ ‘Mowgli’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's new trailers for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Mortal Engines, and the first trailer for Missing…
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (November 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Room 104,’ German thriller ‘Beat,’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: Room 104 returns for a second season, Robert the Bruce fights for Scotland's throne, and more.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Business

‘The Grinch’ steals the box-office crown from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is the new box-office champion, knocking off Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and posting a better opening weekend than Jim Carrey's 2000 live-action film based on the character.
Movies & TV

The ‘Toy Story 4’ teaser trailer is here to fork with your emotions

Disney released the first teaser trailer for its latest addition to the Toy Story franchise. The quick glimpse of what's to come shows all our favorite toys back in action, as well as a strange -- and seemingly unhinged -- new character.
Gaming

Everyone’s favorite Pokémon turns gumshoe in ‘Detective Pikachu’ trailer

The first Detective Pikachu trailer has arrived, and it looks like a video game movie could actually be good? Voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Pikachu is undeniably cute in what is shaping up to be a family-friendly buddy comedy.