Piranha 3-D and Battleship Change Release Dates
06.15.10 by Ryan
A couple moves have occurred on the great chessboard that is the upcoming movie schedule. First off, Dimension and the Weinstein Company have decided to move up director Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3-D from August 27 to August 20, shifting it away from horror competitor The Last Exorcism.
Piranha 3-D, a remake of Joe Dante's 1978 original (which was, to put it politely, a "remake" of 1975's Jaws), follows a sleepy lakeside town whose Spring Break suffers a small setback when an underwater tremor unleashes a horde of prehistoric, man-eating fish. Elisabeth Shue and Ving Rhames play local law enforcement tasked with destroying the menace, while Christopher Lloyd will finally get his chance to play a nutty scientist. Richard Dreyfuss and Jerry O'Connell also star.
Meanwhile, Universal is already looking ahead to 2012, where they have changed the date for director Peter Berg's big screen adaptation of the popular board game Battleship from May 25 to May 18 where it avoids competing against Men in Black 3.
Taylor Kitsch was cast in April as Naval Commander Alex Hopper, and Tom Arnold announced his own casting in the movie to Movieline a few days later. According to THR, screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber have crafted a story about a naval fleet (duh) who fight a sea-bound battle (ahem) against an alien armada where, we can only assume, vessels will often be sunk by complete chance. No word yet on the Snakes and Ladders prequel.