Dimension Studios sequel to the surprisingly good gorefest/camp film Piranha 3D has been having some troubles finding a release date. I’m not sure how many times it’s bounced around like a beach ball, but last I heard it was scheduled for Thanksgiving of 2011. Obviously that never happened and with the disappointing shift in release came the announcement of the film being pushed back to sometime in 2012 or TBA as the studios like to say when they have no real plans of releasing a movie.
That’s never a good sign for horror films, especially ones made on the cheap end. Daily Dead managed to get a word in with one of the writers; Patrick Melton and he mentions a spring 2012 theatrical release for the US, which makes sense given the nature of the film. Here’s what he said to them.
To clarify, the Thanksgiving release was always overly optimistic. Marcus and I started writing the script around Thanksgiving a year prior. Making the film within that time period is plausible (we’ve done it on Saw, obviously), but it became clear very early on that our goals were not realistic because we needed sun, water slides, and bikini-clad coeds… three things not very prevalent in the United States during the months of January and February. We initially scouted Louisiana and realized that we wouldn’t be able to shoot until late March because of the cold weather. Now, with the additional FX worked needed to create/enhance the piranhas, the Thanksgiving release was out the window.
Nevertheless, we plowed on and finished shooting in late May. Over the summer, Gulager edited and picked up a few shots around Los Angeles. This is typical of every movie made. Scenes, jokes, and kills were simply enhanced to make the movie more of an event. About a month ago, it was tested and scored very well. So well the studio gave us more money to enhance the FX. Soon, it’ll be done and ready for a theatrical release. Because of the “Spring Break vibe” in the film, spring was the obvious time to open it. And because Dimension Films financed the movie and owns the movie, they call the shots on when it’s released worldwide.
Now onto some more sad news. Dread Central is reporting that Piranha 3DD will be bypassing theaters in the UK and heading straight-to-DVD. That means UK fans will get to miss the blood, gore and boobies in eye-popping 3D, unless they have the proper setup at home, in which case it still won’t be as fun without a massive crowd. That’s shocking news because films have been doing a lot better overseas lately and you’d think struggling horror studio Dimension would want to recoup their money anyway possible.
For once I’m proud to be an American because I get to (hopefully) see Piranha 3DD this spring!
Make sure to check out the trailer if you missed it when we first posted it by clicking here.