Meg, Warner Bros.’ planned film about a giant shark, has lost director Eli Roth.
The director of Cabin Fever and Hostel entered talks to take the helm of Meg mid-last year. Dean Georgaris, known for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and The Manchurian Candidate, had penned an adaptation of Steve Alten’s New York Times bestseller, which tells of two men who team up to destroy a giant ancient shark threatening the Californian coast.
THR is reporting that Roth has exited the project amidst studio concerns over the project’s budget, which was said to be moving over $100 million. Warner Bros. and Chinese company Gravity are still eyeing a way to bring the film to life, albeit with a smaller budget.
The studios are now in talks with National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub to take the helm and are looking at rewriting Georgaris’ screenplay to fit budgetary constraints.
It’s yet another step backwards for Meg, which has been circling a start for around 20 years now.