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Monday, April 21, 2008

Dive in With "Piranha" Remake

Anyone remember this one? Director Joe Dante ("The Howling," "Gremlins,") directed the first one and, drum roll, James Cameron took over the sequel. Both were awful, awful, awful movies, but it falls in line with what my mother always says: "Why do they remake good movies? They just make them worse. If you have to remake something, take a bad movie and make it better."

While I like my mother's logic in theory, I've yet to see it work. It seems remakes of bad movies are somehow worse than their predecessors. But, what's the harm in trying again? (One of these days I'm going to look back on that last sentence and shoot myself for typing it.)

Well, the mean fish are back. French horror movie duo Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur are prepping for the "big" remake and the movie is to be released in 3-D. Aja certainly has a lot of enthusiasm for what I think is a destined to be awful project:

"That was the really exciting reason we jumped on that movie. We were on the set of Piranha 2 and we were like, 'How cool would it be to see that live-action movie in 3-D?' We are thinking at the same time, let's see a real R-rated movie in 3-D with the new technology! So, Piranha is going to be completely in 3-D."

"...We convinced Bob Weinstein to take the Spring Break plot and let us do what we wanted to do with it. There is not one character or one situation that is similar to the Joe Dante or James Cameron [Piranha] movies - it's completely, completely, completely different."

On the topic of the July 24, 2009 release date, Aja added:

"I think it's a good choice and the fact that they're putting it in that spot is also showing they really believe in a blockbuster movie. That's what the script is like. It's a blueprint of a roller coaster. It's about fun, jumps, gore and fish..."

Well. At least the guy has his priorities straight. Expect the 3-D "Piranha" next July. I may have to skip it...

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