Horror film maker Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes remake) is currently directing a remake of Joe Dante’s 1978 Piranha, and the news is that this chomping romp will be presented in glorious 3D. Head honcho Bob Weinstein had this to say:
“The film presents us with a unique opportunity to launch a new global franchise and take advantage of the incredible developments in 3-D technology.”
Now what I like about this is that Aja is awesome and Piranha was fun as hell. 3D is tight. I’m excited. What I don’t like – Weinstein involvement. They’re a death touch. But good news! Dimension is handling North American releasing, meaning that hopefully a lot of the Weinstein bull can be pushed aside and this film can swim up our creeks and devour our faces in a timely manner.
The original Piranha followed the horror that results when a school of genetically engineered killer piranhas escape and wreak havoc on a small town. Think Jaws but with, you know, piranhas. Really a fun late 70s treat.
Aja has said elsewhere that his update is going to be a bit different and that it will likely follow along the lines of an underwater geothermal event releasing over-sized prehistoric piranhas that will then, most definitely, wreak havoc and strip the flesh off bones. I can honestly say I’m excited for this R-Rated adult 3D movie. Lionsgate will be traveling a similar road with My Bloody Valentine, another 3D R-Rated horror flick, and plans for Final Destination 4 also include this new technology.
Note: The image at the top of the page is from the poster for the original Piranha. And since it is so awesome, we’ve decided to include the entire thing below: