Hollywood moves fast these days -- sometimes greenlighting sequels to films before the originals even hit theaters, so today's announcement that Piranha 3D is getting a second installment isn't exactly a surprise.
Alexandre Aja's remake of the Roger Corman/Joe Dante cult classic about swarms of flesh-eating fish was a hit with critics (it's pulling an 81% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently) and fans alike, raking in 10 million bucks over the weekend. Granted, that's not a lot of cash for an opening weekend, but apparently Dimension is happy enough with those results to go ahead with a follow-up -- which is ironic since they hid this release from critics before it hit theaters on Friday. How much better might it have opened if we all could have raved about it prior to Friday?
The new version (check out Peter's review) -- which features lots of gore, nudity, and over the top action -- stars Elizabeth Shue as the sheriff of a small town that's overrun by college kids every Spring Break. All hell breaks loose after an earthquake cracks open the lake bed and frees an ancient species of the killer fish -- and boy are they hungry. Shue is joined by Ving Rhames, Kelly Brook, Adam Scott, Riley Steele, Richard Dreyfuss, and Christopher Lloyd (amongst countless others ... ) in this over the top updating.
No word yet on who might be back for a sequel (though it may take place in Thailand during the Full Moon Party) or if Aja will return to direct, but we can all sleep easy tonight knowing that there's more Piranha mayhem in our future. What say you, readers? Are you up for more blood, boobs, and carnivorous fish or is one Piranha remake enough to keep you satisfied?