"There’s a lot more to the series than people think": Novelist Steve Alten on the success of ‘The Meg’ and the possibility of a sequel

This is novelist Steve Alten’s first novel that was adapted into a feature film, the experience has been one unlike any other.


                            "There’s a lot more to the series than people think": Novelist Steve Alten on the success of ‘The Meg’ and the possibility of a sequel

Novelist Steve Alten has been on a whirlwind since the release of ‘The Meg’, which was based on his New York Times best-selling novel. Having grossed over 110 million in the past three weeks, ‘The Meg’ has become a summer blockbuster. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis. As this is Alten’s first novel that was adapted into a feature film, the experience has been one unlike any other and Meaww was thrilled to sit down with him to talk about the surreal experience.

“It was exciting seeing it on the big screen for the first time because it was a great movie and there were different markers from the book that came out that was exciting to see. I think they really brought it to life. The filmmakers truly did a great job of creating this new world," he says.

However, Hollywood can be tough and so can the reviews, especially considering the film is based on an extremely popular book franchise. With that being said, many critics did take to the film and as for the ones that didn’t, that’s just part of this industry and didn’t bother Alten at all.  And most importantly, the die-hard ‘Meg’ fans from all around the world (known as #MegHeads) were thrilled, and for a novelist, that’s all you can really ask for.

A general view at a special screening of 'The Meg' at Brockwell Lido on August 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)
A general view at a special screening of 'The Meg' at Brockwell Lido on August 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)

“I think the reviewers, most of all, were pretty fair and most of the reviews were pretty good. Nothing surprised me, about 95 percent of my #MegHeads are pretty pleased too, and these are people devoted to the books and to the series,” says a content Alten. Speaking of the series, what many people might not know is that there are six books in ‘The Meg’ series and a seventh on the way.  So for those of you hoping for a sequel, if all goes according to plan, there is likely more to come.

He added: “I think the sequel was always in consideration and when we hit certain numbers I’m sure something will be announced. We are really early in the game right now, but everything is looking positive. There are six books and a seventh planned so this could go on for a long time. The source material is definitely there. I really do hope the cast members give it good consideration to come back because this isn’t like ‘Jaws’, where it runs out of a story. This is something where in a series, each book gets better than the last book and the action is heightened and the creatures are expanded. There’s a lot more to the series than people think.”

Jon Turtletaub, Page Kennedy, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Masi Oka, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing and Cliff Curtis attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures And Gravity Pictures' 'The Meg' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Jon Turtletaub, Page Kennedy, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Masi Oka, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing and Cliff Curtis attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures And Gravity Pictures' 'The Meg' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Even more exciting news that many might not be aware of,  is after the release of the film, A&M Publishing also released a new version of the book that fans are already going wild over. “There is a new version of the book out which is the best version ever printed which is called 'The Meg' by A&M publishing. It has seventeen pieces of original artwork in there accumulated over the years and an unpublished prequel as well," Alten informs us.

The Meg Special Limited Edition By Steve Alten
The Meg Special Limited Edition By Steve Alten

Besides ‘The Meg’ and all of its sequels, Alten has written over a dozen other novels that are perfect for the big screen.  After the success of ‘The Meg’, not only is a sequel being discussed but producer Belle Avery has already optioned two more books of Alten’s. “Belle Avery and I are good friends and her group has already optioned 'The Locke' and one other project, a book of mine for TV which we can’t announce just yet,” revealed Alten.

‘The Meg’ is a film that is meant to be seen on the big screen, so make sure you get your tickets before it leaves theaters and be sure to follow Steve Alten on Twitter and Facebook for exciting updates!