For those keeping up with modern day cryptofiction, Variety reports that the movie based on the original novel Meg, by Steve Alten, is being pushed back due to budgetary increases:
"New Line picked up the rights last year and put the pic on the fast track for a 2006 release. At the time, it was hoping to make 'Meg' for $75 million, with a significant chunk financed by selling off foreign distribution rights. But when the estimated budget came in much higher -- some put the figure at $150 million, mostly due to costly f/x -- New Line began scaling back.
"According to an outsider who's seen the script, the CGI work for 'Meg' would itself cost $40 million to $70 million. Aside from aquatic challenges (CGI waves, thousands of species of fish), the giant shark attacks ships and a helicopter.
"Now, the pic is looking to shoot this spring for a summer 2008 release, at the earliest." ...
"Alten, too, is playing the waiting game. He says he won't begin 'Meg 4: Hell's Aquarium' until the pic is greenlit.
"'I need the movie to generate publicity for that book,' he says."
I'm not a big fan of the first three Meg novels, but Alten's Loch was better. Hopefully, that means we can look forward to Meg 4 with something other than trepidation. And, if Alten is relying on the movie to push sales of the next book, there's a chance we might be spared any viral ad hoaxes with this one.