The prehistoric sharks have returned to the big screen to threaten Jonas Taylor and his research team’s exploits, but the early performance of Meg 2: The Trench has been toothless, to say the least.

Jason Statham in Meg 2.
Jason Statham in Meg 2.

The Warner Bros.-backed movie, which cost $129 million to produce, becomes the first high-profile Hollywood project to dare to enter the Barbenheimer storm.

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And its meager $4 million earnings in Thursday previews and a 26% Rotten Tomatoes rating should be enough to predict that Sharks aren’t going to survive the Barbie Mania and the impact of Oppenheimer’s blast at the box office.

Jason Statham’s Meg 2 Director Wants Another Go at Movies Like Godzilla

Meg 2: The Trench is directed by Ben Wheatley and follows the adventure of Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) and his research team, who find themselves in dangerous and deepest trenches of the ocean and in the bout against colossal predators, who seemingly have for some weird reason obsession with human meat.

Meg 2 director Ben Wheatley.
Meg 2 director Ben Wheatley.

Compared to the prequel, which actually fared pretty well at the box office, Meg 2 sees the return of Megalodon as well as the introduction of newer threats that Jonas has to overcome.

To know whether Statham’s character manages to beat even higher odds this time, catch the movie in theaters. But after seeing early reviews, it’s unlikely many fans would be bothered to unravel whatever mystery is hidden in the deepest parts of the ocean.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean this is the end of Wheatley’s connection with movies based on epic monsters. In his interview with Screen Rant, the English filmmaker insisted he’s open to projects like King King or Godzilla.

“Yeah, of course. That’s one of the great series of movies that’s around. They’re always good; I always enjoy them. Definitely, there’s unfinished business for me with giant monsters. I’ll definitely return to that if I’m allowed,”

Considering now Wheatley has ample experience in handling movies with enormous and unnatural antagonists – which usually require more focus concerning the balancing of special effects used – his potential involvement with another such project shouldn’t be ruled out.

Though, it’d be better if he can figure out a way (or collaborate with someone else) to develop a more engaging storyline.

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What Is Jason Statham’s Next Project

While Wheatley has opened doors for another monster-centric movie, fans of the Snatch star can catch him next in The Expendables 4 in late September.

Jason Statham in The Expendables.
Jason Statham in The Expendables.

Dubbed the world’s last line of defense, the Expendables team will see big names like Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Megan Fox, among others join hands for the much-awaited movie.

On the back of Meg 2’s disastrous performance, Statham – who will reprise the role of Lee Christmas – would really hope the fourth installment of the franchise doesn’t bomb at the box office, especially when considering its eye-watering budget, which is believed to be double of the last film The Expendables 3 ($100 million).

Source: Screen Rant

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