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Author Explains What Happened to "Meg"

Posted: July 13th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Author Explains What Happened to "Meg"Submit Comment
Not too long ago, we found out that "Meg," based on Steve Alten's best selling book, would not become a movie from New Line Cinema. Fans were incredibly disappointed, so Alten sat down with AMC Monsterfest to explain what happened.

"Disney (actually Hollywood Pictures) optioned the novel with a script attached (Tom Wheeler). The script was lacking. They hired a new screenwriter (Jeff Boam) and his script was not well received either. About that time the VPs starting leaving Hollywood Pictures and the President who had optioned Meg (David Vogel) lost his job. The rights were not renewed and I got them back.

Over the years I penned my own script as a means of enticing producers. In February of 2004 Nick Nunziata and I hooked up for a CNN interview for Resurrection. We discussed Meg and Nick took it t o his friend, Guillermo del Toro. Guillermo showed the book to producer Lloyd Levin, and his partner, Larry Gordon. I gave them an option. They added Jan De Bont as director and Jan and I worked on the script. In early 2005 the package went to New Line. They had been trying to find a project for screenwriter Shane Salerno. Shane loved Meg and the deal was done.
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Alten also mentioned that at this point, several studios are considering taking over the project. And if you're interested in what's going on with the books; he just finished "Hell's Aquarium," which is the fourth book in the "Meg" series. That should have been the last installment, but now Alten believes that there will be one more.

Click here to read more about "Meg."

Source: AMC Monsterfest


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