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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Eli Roth drops a giant prehistoric shark monster into the shallows and you get your legs messily chewed off.

Still, that's why we love him. The gore meister who brought us Hostel and The Green Inferno has now set his sights on a movie about the MEGALODON - that's the fancy latinate name for "OMG GIANT MASSIVE DINOSAUR SHARK."

Here's some more science-y background on this magnificent beast.

Talking to Collider, Eli Roth discussed how he's going to bring MEG to life in his adaptation of Steve Alten's novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, and he's taking on a big controversy.

Nope, not indigenous cannibals, brutal castrations or evil clowns - it's something far more loathed and feared by the horror community... CGI.

The thing is with Meg, the size of the creature, it sort of becomes impractical to do it practically, but I’ve seen how they’ve done the whale in In the Heart of the Sea. They showed me footage and they’re like, ‘Before you judge CG, take a look at this,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my god.’
Eli Roth likes the water
Eli Roth likes the water
The whale in In the Heart of the Sea looks so good. I was like, ‘All right, we’re good.’ I wouldn’t do the movie unless I believed the technology was there to do it, and the great thing is with Warner Bros. and the team that we’re doing [it] with, we’re gonna have the resources to do it right.

Here's Eli Roth discussing his MEG ideas in person:

To clarify for those of you who have not seen In the Heart of the Sea, it involves some fairly impressive oceanic effects. Also, for once, Chris Hemsworth is not the biggest, muscliest creature on screen...

The plot synopsis for MEG smells ripe, fishy and loaded with prehistoric gore!

In the book, the story revolves around two men who band together to neutralize an ancient shark that’s threatening the California coast. The Megaladon, considered one of the largest and most powerful predators in history, can reach a maximum length of 60 feet.

Now I'm imagining some kind of In the Heart of the Sea via Piranha 3D with a giant dino-shark. That can't be a bad thing, surely?

(Source: Collider, Youtube)


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