Warner Bros has set March 2, 2018 as the release date for Meg, its upcoming sci-fi actioner riff on Moby Dick starring Jason Statham and Fan Bingbing, and directed by Jon Turtletaub.

MegNovelCoverAdapted by Dean Georgaris (with a rewrite by James Vanderbilt) from the novel by Steve Alten, Meg follows former Naval deep sea diver Jonas Taylor (Statham), whose military career ended in disgrace after his team encountered a living Megalodon – an extinct species of shark believed to reach up to 60 feet in length. With his team destroyed by the beast and Taylor regarded as a crackpot, he’s offered a chance at redemption when an international underwater observation program led by Chinese scientists encounters the same beast. To save the scientists, Taylor must confront his own fears as he embarks on a likely suicide mission.

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson are producing Meg, with Wei Wayne Jiang, Barrie M. Osborne, Randy Greenberg and Gerald R. Molen executive producing. Flagship Entertainment, China Media Capital division Gravity Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures are co-financing. Warner Bros will distribute in all territories outside of China, while Gravity will distribute in the Middle Kingdom. Filming is set to begin later in 2016 in China and New Zealand.