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.
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."