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Everything is bigger in ‘Meg 2: The Trench’

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For director Ben Wheatley, the goal for “Meg 2: The Trench” was simple: “Taking ‘The Meg’ and supercharging it – bigger creatures, bigger action, bigger monsters, bigger environments, bigger equipment – the whole thing. Bigger.”

The cast also got a very welcome addition that helped supersize its cast – global action icon Wu Jing, star of five of the 10 highest-grossing films in China. “I’ve always been terrified of monster films,” says Jing. “You can ask me to jump off a high-rise building, and I think that’s easier for me. But fighting a fictitious monster? That is something very hard for me.”

Lucky for Jing, it’s not all about fighting fictitious monsters. Part of the charm of “The Meg,” one of the biggest surprise blockbusters in 2018, was its sense of humor. “Meg 2” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura admits, “There was a little bit of uncertainty with the first film how the comedy would play for the audience. But they really bought into the notion of ‘Let’s not take ourselves too seriously – let’s have some fun and some scares.’”

He adds that for the sequel, everything is more. “This time around, we’ll have some more scares, a little more carnage in and out of the water, two globally popular actors in Jason Statham and Wu Jing, some new cast members, more action…and more Megs. It’s a balance between reminding them of what they really loved and the characters they loved, and then giving them a new experience.”

Producer Belle Avery agrees that “Meg 2: The Trench”, now showing in Philippine cinemas, is bigger and more. She says that for the sequel, they’re “giving [audiences] more creatures, creating more personalities with the Megs and making more discoveries in the trench. I think that’s pretty important. Mankind has a tendency to destroy things, and we touch on that. But, it’s kind of like Jonas [Jason Statham] said in the first film, ‘Meg versus Man is a slaughter.’ So, you’re going to see a little bit of that in this one, too, but fun slaughter.”

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