There are some remakes you can’t help but gag at, but then there are the ones you can’t wait for… Piranha being one of them. Announced a few months back was a remake of the 1978 film “Piranha,” in which a particularly nasty prehistoric strain of the flesh-eating fish is unleashed in Arizona’s Lake Havasu just as college kids come to party there. Chuck Russell was attached to the script, and that’s all we knew at the time- today the film was officially announced as a Dimension Films picture, which can mean only one thing- theatrical Piranhas!! Read on for the full details on the director and new storyline…
Dimension Films will distribute “Piranha,” the remake of the 1978 horror hit being produced by Mark Canton from Atmosphere MM and Marc Toberoff from Intellectual Properties Worldwide, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The company picked up rights to U.S. and all English-speaking territories from IPW, Atmosphere/Relativity Media and Wild Bunch.
Chuck Russell (“The Mask”) is in negotiations to direct from a script he wrote adapting the original movie. In the remake, the story is set in Lake Havasu, Ariz., which sits on a crater formed by a prehistoric volcanic eruption. When a tremor cracks the lake floor open, prehistoric piranhas are set loose and people begin to disappear. Russell’s screenplay uses elements from drafts by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger and the original screenplay by John Sayles from a story by Richard Robinson.