January 12, 2006

‘Piranha’ Remake Set to Terrorize Moviegoers

By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES -- Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water after the hype surrounding the 30th anniversary of "Jaws" had subsided, a remake of the 1978 horror hit "Piranha" is coming to theaters soon.

Director Chuck Russell ("The Mask") is in talks to shoot the project, which will be distributed in North America by Dimension Films, the company behind the "Scream" franchise.

In the remake, written by Russell, 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.

The original, in which genetically altered piranhas are accidentally released in a holiday resort, was directed for B-movie maven Roger Corman by Joe Dante, who went on to shoot such films as "Gremlins" and "Small Soldiers."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter