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New Line Cinema has 'officially committed' itself to a Summer 2007 release for Jan De Bont's adaptation of Steve Alten's novel, MEG.

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Synopsis: On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds.

Written off as a crackpot suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Taylor refuses to forget the depths that nearly cost him his life. With a Ph.D. in paleontology under his belt, Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub.

Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he's never imagined, and what he finds could turn the tides bloody red until the end of time. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.

Steve Alten's 'Meg' site

Has anybody read the book??

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And in other Shark-movie news, from Kevin Smith's production diary:

...we wanted to use a clip from JAWS in JERSEY GIRL -- The word came back from Amblin that Spielberg didn't want to license scenes featuring the shark, based on the primitive special effects in the flick (i.e., the shark looks fake).

When we chose another scene that didn't showcase Bruce himself (we opted for the death of the raft-riding Kintner boy -- the word came back that Spielberg didn't want to license the use of any of the 'original scenes' in JAWS that reminded people how scary it was.

The long and short of this story, kids?

...a digitally manipulated, revised, squeaky-clean-E.T.-S.E.-esque re-release of JAWS??

If so, 'that's not funny, that's not funny at all'. ;)

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I read the book a few years back. Could make a decent no-brainer flick if done well.

Not sure about the ending though...

IIRC The hero is swallowed by the giant shark and destroys it from within.

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And in other Shark-movie news, from Kevin Smith's production diary:

...a digitally manipulated, revised, squeaky-clean-E.T.-S.E.-esque re-release of JAWS??

If so, 'that's not funny, that's not funny at all'. :(

Hmm, but:

1. War of the Worlds was quite suspenseful and horrific though, which mashes the Spielberg-going-soft theory

2. Smith is a bigmouth

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This has been in development hell since at least the book's release, so it'll be good to finally see it on screen. So long as they don't mess up the shark, they can't really go wrong with it.

And the book is brilliant. It's the kind of absolutely stupid action novel you can sit down and read in a couple sittings with a big bucket of popcorn by your side, and have a whale - or a shark - of a time doing so.

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One of those where the movie can only really improve on the book which is really badly written. The action set pieces are memorable (and funny - T-Rex anyone? or disturbing - the one about the whale will stay with me forever) but the main characters / romance sub plot is barf tastic.

Giant sharks FTW. how can it fail?

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This has been in development hell since at least the book's release, so it'll be good to finally see it on screen. So long as they don't mess up the shark, they can't really go wrong with it.

And the book is brilliant. It's the kind of absolutely stupid action novel you can sit down and read in a couple sittings with a big bucket of popcorn by your side, and have a whale - or a shark - of a time doing so.

Steve Alten > Dan Brown.

TRUFAX.

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Hmm, but:

1. War of the Worlds was quite suspenseful and horrific though, which mashes the Spielberg-going-soft theory

If anything, all War of the Worlds does is reinforce the Speilberg-going-soft theory.

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80 foot albino Great Whites are a good thing.

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I've read all three of the Meg books so far (Trashy fun - I love sharks so will forgive anything Alten writes) and can't wait to see what JDB can do with a movie version.

If they make it into a trilogy then it will be the best ever, even better than Star Wars and LOTR imo :(

Told you I love sharks see :(

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The shark has a girl's name. How is that scary?

Anyway, Jan De Bont directing doesn't fill me with enthusiasm. Maybe the hero will punch the shark on the nose so it swims away?

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