Meg 2: The Trench is China's first deep-sea monster blockbuster that highlights the spirit of exploration and the unknown. It features rich details of Chinese culture and provides a platform for global filmmakers to learn from each other. The film is set to be released globally on August 4th, with Jason Stanson and Wu Jing leading the audience on a journey to the mysterious prehistoric underwater world that has been isolated for millions of years.
Unfortunately, the premiere of the movie in London, UK, has been canceled due to a strike by the American Actors Guild. However, China has become the only venue for the film's premiere. Chinese Film President Ying Xujun said that the audience attending the Chinese premiere would be the first in the world to watch the movie. Meg 2: The Trench promises to be a grand audio-visual feast for global audiences. Wu Jing hopes that through global cooperation and screenings, more people will come to understand Chinese culture. Fu Ruoqing, Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Film Group Corporation, believes that the Meg series will have a better impact on the world, filling the gap of marine culture for Chinese films.
The Meg series is copyrighted by CMC Pictures, a leading Chinese film company that invests in project development and production. They are committed to providing high-quality local and national films that meet the needs of the Chinese mainland and global markets, with the support of the Chinese Culture Group. The company has created a number of independent IPs such as Meg and has become one of the most influential Chinese film companies in the world.
Risk means more to the vulnerable.
For seasoned director Ben Wheatley, this is what makes directing the sequel to the 2018 hit “The Meg” more appealing.
“There’s something about the superhero genre where, much as I enjoy it, as it gets bigger and bigger and bigger, there’s problems with the way they’re just invulnerable,” he said. “That lessens the tension. I like human risk. That side of it is interesting to me.”
Wheatley is best known for “quiet horrors” like “Kill List” (2011) and “Rebecca” (2020) rather than action-filled thrillers like “Meg 2: The Trench.”
The “realism” of diversity is part of what made Wheatley gravitate toward the film.
“Our cast is based around the realism found in the world of science,” the filmmaker said.
“Usually, an oceanic research group would be pulling the best people from all over the globe, with a mix of people from everywhere,” he added.
According to its synopsis, “Meg 2” is about a research team on an exploratory dive into the depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal, prehistoric sharks and relentless environmental plunderers, they must outrun, outsmart and outswim their merciless predators.
The film stars Jason Statham and Wu Jing, together with an ensemble cast including Sophia Cai, Page Kennedy, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Skyler Samuels and Cliff Curtis.
“Meg 2: The Trench” will arrive in Philippine cinemas on August 2. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Discovery company.
Can we all just take a step back and appreciate how truly bonkers it is that Ben Wheatley made a sequel to "The Meg?"
Ben "Kill List" Wheatley? Ben "High-Rise" Wheatley? It's one of the most fascinating leaps from the realm of weird indie movies to studio filmmaking we've seen in recent memory. I like a good bit of escapism as much as the next guy, but I still did a double take when the dude who was known for making pitch-black movies seemingly built to avoid being traditional crowd-pleasers signed on to make the next Jason-Statham-Punching-Prehistoric-Sharks movie.
So, while it was a surprise to me that this was the big-budget franchise he jumped to, what I'm not surprised about is the word that not only is Wheatley embracing the absurdity of this franchise, he's doing so by taking the filmmaking part of it very seriously. In the recent issue of Total Film, Wheatley reveals that he was very eager to avoid a common big-budget pitfall by spending the downtime forced upon him by Covid to plan his sequel to the Nth degree.
Indecision is a problem in the big-budget realm and the core reason why we keep seeing these big franchises waffle so much film to film. Wheatley saying that he storyboarded every inch of "Meg 2: The Trench" is actually refreshing to hear. He wanted to make sure he had all the kinks worked out in advance and felt like he could put every penny of the film's substantial budget (the first film was a surprise hit, pulling in over half a billion dollars at the box office against a declared budget of $130 million) on the screen.
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The ocean is ready to deliver new threats to the surface, as Warner Bros. has released a new poster for The Meg 2: The Trench. Jason Statham has returned for the sequel, starring as the former rescue diver who now spends his time fighting against evil monsters from the bottom of the ocean. The new poster does a good job of illustrating just how bad the situation will be for the characters this time around, with a couple of new mysteries surrounding the appearance of the prehistoric sharks. Multiple megalodons weren't bad enough, so The Trench will ensure viewers have fun at the expense of what could happen to the humans of the movie.
Set some time after the catastrophic events of the first movie, Jonas Taylor (Statham) is leading an exploration team at the bottom of the ocean. A mining operation with questionable purposes complicates things for the team, leaving them in a situation where they have to look for survival against giant sea creatures.
While the first installment placed the team in a fight against a couple of giant sharks, the sequel will establish that more megalodons than previously thought are actually roaming around in waters near the coast, setting the stage for an epic confrontation between scientists and sharks that are bigger than a train.
The trailer and posters that have been released as a part of the sequel's marketing campaign have pointed to the fact that Megalodons might not be the only enemy Jonas has to face in his comeback. Giant tentacles have been spotted in the promotional material for The Meg 2: The Trench. After the small role giant squids had in the previous installment, could they be back in a more aggressive form this time? Audiences are only a couple of weeks away from figuring it out, as the release date for the movie swims towards the shore.
You can check out the new poster for The Meg 2: The Trench below, before the move splashes into theaters on August 4:
Image via Warner Bros.
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