‘Hostel’ helmer Eli Roth is reportedly in talks to step behind the camera for ‘Meg,’ a big screen adaptation of Steve Alten’s New York Times bestseller.

Published back in 1997, the book revolves around a Carcharodon megalodon (the apex predator of all time and prehistoric cousin of the great white shark) that has resurfaced in present day and is threatening the California coast.

According to Variety, who broke the news on Roth’s involvement, the project was initially set up over at Disney in the late ’90s, but fell into development hell.

Dean Georgaris (‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’) is attached to adapt the book with Maedey Productions and Atelles Entertainment producing. Gerald Molen and Randy Greenberg will serve as executive producers.

Roth’s latest directorial effort, the thriller ‘Knock Knock’ starring Keanu Reeves, hits Irish cinemas June 26, 2015.