Badass action star Jason Statham (‘Spy,’ ‘Fast and Furious 7,’ ‘The Expendables’) is said to be in negotiations for the lead in the prehistoric shark action thriller ‘Meg.’

The long-in-the-works film is based on Steve Alten’s 1997 New York Times bestseller, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, and centres on Jonas Taylor, a deep sea submersible pilot who revisits his past fears in the Mariana Trench, and accidentally unleashes the seventy foot ancestor of the Great White Shark believed to be extinct.

Jon Turteltaub (‘National Treasure’) is attached to direct the Dean Georgaris-penned script, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson producing.