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For those who have waited patiently to see Jason Statham's monster shark movie Meg surface, it may seem like it's taking longer to make than the Great Wall of China. After all, the project floundered numerous times over its twenty year production period, to the point where many feared that Meg had sunk to the depths of development hell.

It came as somewhat of a relief for Megalodon fans everywhere when Warner Bros. finally confirmed that Statham would tackle the titular shark on March 2, 2018. However, a new report reveals that has now been delayed, until August 10, 2018. This delay has led many to believe that the potentially j-awesome movie is experiencing some difficulties. Did global warming kill off the last of Hollywood's Megalodons, or is there something more sinister at play?

Why Has 'Meg' Been Delayed?

Meg [Credit: Bantam Books]
Meg [Credit: Bantam Books]

Fortunately, those of us who worried that had lost his chance to punch a giant shark in the face need not worry. Meg is still on track to be released in 2018, but has been pushed back to the end of the summer blockbuster period.

While it makes sense to release a movie about GIANT PREHISTORIC SHARKS in the summer, capitalizing on that key blockbuster window, it turns out that cultural appropriation may have also played a part in this delay — and no, we're not suggesting that Meg's status as a 'great white' had any bearing here.

As you may have heard, Matt Damon's whitewashing adventure epic recently flopped big time at the box office, and it's possible this has contributed to Meg's delay. You might be asking yourself what this historical fantasy epic has to do with Meg's woeful tale of a shark living out of time, but it turns out that both films are more similar than they appear on the surface.

How Did 'The Great Wall's Failure Affect 'Meg'?

The Great Wall [Credit: Universal Pictures]
The Great Wall [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Both Meg and The Great Wall are American-Chinese productions, backed by studios from each country in an aim to maximize their audiences worldwide. However, after The Great Wall failed to pull in the numbers that both the American and Chinese studios expected, there's a chance that Warner Bros. and Gravity Pictures may have decided to hold Meg back to increase its chances of success. If one American-Chinese production can fail so spectacularly, there's a possibility that the next one will too.

Quite frankly, we can't imagine there ever being a world where people wouldn't line the streets in order to witness this giant monster shark try to eat Statham's face, but these are troubling times we live in.

Still not convinced by Meg? Here's the official synopsis and yes, it sounds as mental and brilliant as a Megalodon movie should sound;

"A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time."

Yes, we know. You're chomping at the bit to see this cinematic masterpiece in all its splendor. Those extra five months caused by the delay will be difficult to handle, which is why we suggest you watch this trailer for Sky Sharks on repeat. There's no greater way to mourn the delay of Meg than by watching sharks fly through the sky with laser beams.

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Whether The Great Wall is responsible for Meg's delay or not, let's just hope that Warner Bros. use those extra five months wisely, maximizing their time to ensure those 3D shark effects freak us the f**k out when Statham's magnum opus hits cinemas on August 10th 2018.


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(Source — Screen Rant. Poll Image Credit: Universal Pictures)


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