Chinese actress Fan Bing-bing, who has been named by Forbes as China’s most influential celebrity thrice and starred in X-Men: Days of Future Past, is dropping out of “Meg” due to scheduling conflicts.
Warner Bros. and Chinese company Gravity Pictures are collaborating on Steve Alten’s 1997 shark thriller novel adaptation Meg.
According to a Weibo post from Fan’s studio account, Fan has had to pull out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. As her schedule is taken up with promotional activities for two upcoming movies – I Am Not Madame Bovary and L.O.R.D-Legend of Ravaging Dynasties. Both films are expected to hit the theatres on 30th September 2016.
“We’re extremely grateful to Meg for their recognition of Fan Bingbing, but we need to prioritise the above-mentioned films and finish what we’ve started,” reads the Weibo post.
Originally set off the coast of California, the story of Meg now centers around a 30-meter megalodon. The horror-thriller revolves around the Chinese cast and the prehistoric shark that wrecks havoc off the coast of China. Gravity Pictures will co-produce and co-finance the movie with Warner Brothers and distribute it in China.
The project has been in a series of setbacks since its development years ago and Fan is not the first one who pulled out of the project. Disney originally wanted to make the film in 1997 but the project fell through due to another similar theme movie, Deep Blue Sea, started on production before them. Directors Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth and Jan de Bont have had all been involved in this film at some point.