Director Alexandre Aja Explains Why Piranha 3D Is "Not a Remake"
07.25.10 by Ryan
Joe Dante's 1978 cult classic Piranha followed a swarm of genetically mutated piranha that preyed on the guests of a summer resort. The upcoming Piranha 3-D follows Elisabeth Shue as the local sheriff of a lakeside town whose Spring Break turns into a nightmare when an underwater tremor unleashes a horde of prehistoric, man-eating fish. While Piranha 3D certainly sounds like a remake, director Alexandre Aja told Collider that it isn't.
Piranha is not a remake, period. It's not the same story, it's not the same character and not the same piranha. It's a completely different movie. So, it was not about remaking it. It was more like the right timing to do that kind of movie. When I read the first draft six years ago, of piranha attacking during Spring Break, I thought, "This is exactly the fun ride I want to watch." I never think about what people want to see. Me, as a moviegoer, before being a filmmaker, I try to think about what movie I would like to see.
To be fair, Piranha 3D does sound more like a remake of Jaws, something Dimension doesn't seem to be hiding in its latest poster. However, Piranha 3D promises to be much bloodier. Aja planned to show 8 minutes of footage of a Spring Break attack sequence at the Piranha 3D panel at the Comic-Con, until the convention deemed the footage "too graphic" to be shown. Instead, the French director showed the footage at a nearby movie theater in downtown San Diego. One viewer wrote in to Dread Central and reported what he saw.
Simply put, the footage is bloody insane. We saw an eight-minute montage of piranhas attacking hundreds of people at a spring break boat event. There was stuff splatting everywhere. Lots of naked teenagers' body parts and gore thrown every which way. The people in attendance went nuts.
Aja says the sequence lasts for "25 minutes" in the actual movie, and was only gory to be "realistic."
I never thought, "Oh, I want to make a movie where I'm going to use 100,000 gallons of blood." No, it’s because of the story. You have to be realistic. There is a little bit more than a gallon in a human being. If you have a few thousand people, that makes a lot of blood. I'm very realistic in my use of blood.