British filmmaker Ben Wheatley, director of the Hitchcock remake Rebecca currently dominating Netflix’s Top 10, has joined Jason Statham’s giant shark sequel The Meg 2. As reported by THR, Wheatley will helm the picture, with Statham and most of the original’s principal cast expected to return.
Wheatley has made a name for himself with dark, off-kilter movies including Rebecca, the 2015 thriller High Rise, and the 2016 black comedy Free Fire. He’s an odd choice to direct a big budget megashark action sequel, but hopefully his background in grim, semi-satirical films can inject some much-needed life into the burgeoning franchise. The truly exciting news here is that Statham is reportedly creatively involved with developing the sequel, and I literally cannot wait to see his ideas onscreen. I can only assume he will pummel the shark with several dazzling kicks before suplexing it through a superyacht.
Wheatley was previously attached to direct a sequel to the 2018 Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander, but as of this writing it’s unclear whether he’s still involved with that project. It would seem difficult to juggle two blockbuster adventure sequels at once, but with the industry currently in chaos due to the pandemic, who can say.