The ending of Piranha 3D perfectly set up a sequel, but instead of continuing the action at Lake Victoria with the original cast, Piranha 3DD is heading for a water park with a whole new cast, director (Feast's John Gulager) and screenwriters (Feast's Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton with producer Joel Soisson, also from Feast, doing a rewrite). Principal photography began earlier this week in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Dimension sent out a press release to announce the start of production that gave a brief description of the sequel.
There’s something in the water . . . again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.
The Piranha 3DD cast will include Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th, The Crazies), Matt Bush (Adventureland), Chris Zylka (The Amazing Spider-Man), David Koechner (Anchorman), Meagan Tandy (Unstoppable), Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, and Clu Gulager (Feast). The Playlist reports that the latest cast addition is Gary Busey in an unspecified role. who will they be playing? >> Posted 04.28.11 by Ryan
Those who enjoyed the guilty pleasure of Piranha 3D have to be curious about what director John Gulager and screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton had in mind for the sequel, appropriately titled Piranha 3DD. Details have finally emerged. WARNING: If you don't want the sequel spoiled, proceed with caution. But, really, is there a way to spoil Piranha 3DD? Want more details? Proceed with caution >> Posted 03.31.11 by Ryan
The Golden Globe nominations are already out, and the Oscar nominations are forthcoming, but what about the Razzies — the awards show that celebrates the worst Hollywood has to offer? The LA Times reports that the nominating lists for the Razzies have been sent out and the shortlist for worst picture contains the following movies: The Bounty Hunter, Clash of the Titans, The Expendables, Grown Ups, Jonah Hex, Killers, The Last Airbender, Little Fockers, Sex and the City 2, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Vampires Suck, and Yogi Bear. (Keep your fingers crossed When in Rome, The Back-Up Plan, and Gulliver's Travels, you might still make it!) who else could "win"? >> Posted 01.05.11 by Ryan
In August, studio Dimension announced plans for a sequel to Piranha 3D and, two months later, revealed that the sequel's creative team would be director John Gulager and screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who worked together previously on 2006's Feast and its two sequels.
The cast for the sequel, Piranha 3DD, has yet to be announced, though Bloody-Disgusting reports that an unexpected character could be returning for more prehistoric piranha action. While doing press for Death Race 2, Ving Rhames revealed that his character Deputy Fallon, who seemingly perished in the movie, could make a comeback. what's up with mission: impossible 4? >> Posted 12.16.10 by Ryan
News of a sequel to director Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D was overshadowed by the verbal battle between James Cameron and producer Mark Canton over the validity of Piranha's 3-D (Cameron said Piranha 3D was "what we should not be doing in 3-D", while Canton said Cameron didn't recognize "how much of a fun-filled experience" Piranha 3D was). However Cameron feels about Piranha 3D, Dimension is pushing for a sequel, and have hired a director and screenwriters to help the sequel reach theaters by August 2011.
Deadline reports that Dimension has "assembled the team behind [2006's] Feast," including director John Gulager and screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, for the sequel, titled Piranha 3 DD. The trio worked on all three Feast movies, while Dunstan and Melton wrote the past four Saw movies, including the upcoming Saw 3D. The move indicates that Dimension wants to continue the tongue-in-cheek tone that Aja established amongst the gore in the first movie. The characters that survived the first movie "might be back" for the sequel, according to the report.
Whether Cameron approves of the hirings is unknown. 1981's Piranha 2 was Cameron's first directing job, even though he was fired from the movie after a few days. Posted 10.20.10 by Ryan
James Cameron has always been an outspoken director, but in a recent interview he took the time to mention movies he thinks are belittling the great artistry that is the 3-D format. Cameron targeted Piranha 3D as an example of "what we should not be doing in 3-D" because the movie "cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3-D horror films from the '70s and '80s."
Cameron's comments did not find an advocate in Piranha 3D producer Mark Canton, who issued a statement claiming that Cameron "seems to have a small vision regarding any motion pictures that are not his own," and that Cameron's comments about Piranha 3D were "ridiculous, self-serving and insulting to those of us who are not caught up in serving his ego and his rhetoric." Read the statement >> Posted 09.01.10 by Ryan
James Cameron changed the modern movie landscape with his 3-D Avatar, officially the highest-grossing movie of all time. The success of Avatar led studios to evaluate their movie slates, looking for titles ripe for a 3-D conversion. In addition, other movies began production in 3-D. Now it seems the format will continue to dominate for the next few years, if not longer. While Cameron may be indirectly blamed for the 3-D craze that movies are undergoing, he doesn't have to like it. Cameron told Vanity Fair that the 3-D boom was "not his fault." Avatar vs. Piranha 3D, according to Cameron >> Posted 08.31.10 by Ryan
After raking in only $10.1 million at the box office over the weekend, Dimension is making a sequel to Piranha 3D, THR reports.
While it is unknown whether screenwriters Peter Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg or producer/director Alexandre Aja will return for the sequel, producer Mark Canton will be back, and he spoke excitedly about the sequel. who's coming back? >> Posted 08.24.10 by Ryan
Three new clips from French director Alexandre Aja's (Mirrors) new horror movie, Piranha 3D, have "surfaced" online. Featuring an eclectic ensemble cast — from pornstars Ashlynn Brooke and Riley Steele to Academy Award-nominee Elisabeth Shue and Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss — Piranha 3D has received some surprisingly high marks for a movie about a school of ancient piranha that are unleashed from an underwater chasm by seismic activity and swarm to the surface to prey on frolicking co-eds. Sinking ships, toothy man-eaters, babes in bikinis ... these clips pretty much sum up what the movie is all about. watch all three clips >> Posted 08.21.10 by BrentJS
With gratitous violence and nudity, Piranha 3D earned a "hard R" rating. Is there enough comedy and camp to make it worth watching if you're over the age of 12?
Posted 08.20.10 by reelz
"...a pitch-perfect, guilty-pleasure serving of late-summer schlock that handily nails the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the Roger Corman original."— Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"...a low-tech drive-in throwback, complete with corny jokes, unnecessary gore, stunt casting and plenty of skin."— Peter Paras, E!
"Irredeemable, and yet, the movie ... is too funny and the filmmaking too self-aware to be truly offensive."— Chuck Wilson, LA Weekly
"Before long, one begins to suspect these piranha were engineered to gnaw through bikini tops, with the bloodshed serving as an excuse for a boob show."— Peter Debruge, Variety
"Though there are many laughs, Piranha 3D never reaches the smart observational satire of, say, Scream, and it goes seriously overboard on the gore."— Betsy Sharkey, Chicago Tribune