Dimension Films loves the taste of killer fish.
The studio has hired writers and a director to pump out a sequel to Piranha 3D, hoping to land the project in theaters by late August 2011. John Gulager will direct, and Saw 3D scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan will write the script.
The first film, directed by Alexandre Aja and released back in August to decent reviews and mild box office success, told the story of a prehistoric piranha that unleashed hell on an unsuspecting group of swimmers. The result? Bloody, gut-filled water.
The sequel reassembles the team of Feast, which Melton and Dunstan wrote with Gulager at the helm. Obviously, there's no plot details yet, but there's no doubt that Melton and Dunstan have something wicked in mind. Dimension expects a script in four weeks to get the project underway for their proposed release date. Although that's quite the tight schedule, Melton and Dunstan should be able to quickly crank out some sweet piranha-related death scenes. The two scribes fit the bill perfectly for this film. Their work on Saw proves they know how to handle the more absurd, slasher type of horror films. Plus, they both attended my alma mater, the University of Iowa, so they have that going for them. Go Hawks!
Guy walks into a bar…and all hell breaks loose! In a saloon in Nowheretown USA the regular Joes and Janes are doing the regular deeds when “Hero” (Eric Dane)--introduced via freeze-frame as all characters are with vital statistics typed out including life expectancy--bursts through the door bloodied and warning that “These things are coming.” Well let’s just say his “life expectancy” was ambitious. Then his er widow “Heroine” (Navi Rawat) bursts through the door with the same urgency. The motley crew of patrons and employees (Krista Allen Balthazar Getty Judah Friedlander Henry Rollins Clu Gulager and Duane Whitaker) are all caught off-guard but soon have to take the threat seriously. The threat as it turns out comes from monsters--as they are technically known in the film--stalking them from outside the bar. Which is never good. Like any true campy horror flick Feast’s cast is decidedly C-list (to put it mercifully). In fact if you watched the most recent season of Bravo’s Project Greenlight show--on which Feast was greenlit and filmed--you’re more likely to think of this group as reality TV stars than movie veterans which isn’t a knock on their talent! Rawat (TV’s The O.C. and Numb3rs) scores the meatiest role but doesn’t always look like the right choice for it. Getty who is slowly creeping towards possible “It” status is likable but snagging all the good lines never hurts. Friedlander is Hollywood’s most notorious “Oh that guy!” guy whom you’ll instantly recognize once you see him. Predictably he plays the doofus but plays it well. (Talk about being typecast!) The beautiful Allen maybe best known as George Clooney’s rumored on/off girlfriend can act but is perhaps too pretty for her own good a la pre-Monster Charlize Theron. And Rollins the aging punk-rock icon who usually plays harder-edged roles cleans up nice here so to speak. Project Greenlight is so much fun to watch but for director John Gulager the televised fishbowl that was his Hollywood directorial debut must’ve been absolute hell. With so much quibbling on the set and in the offices to concoct a product that both makes for great TV and a profitable movie--its quality seemed of secondary importance on the show--is so far from what moviemaking is about; the filmmaker’s (a.k.a. “winner” of the contest) voice if not entire career is automatically stifled in the process. As expected the show also turned Feast into a mess. The intros for each character and their life expectancy are somewhat clever (thanks to writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton) but not properly executed. From that point on Feast has moments that are fun in a sleazy way but most notably the director just seems absent or muted--there’s nothing distinctive which is where the director typically comes in. And the graininess hurts the film’s look often coming across as more of a student film than proper B-horror.
The horror movie that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon picked as the winner of their third Project Greenlight reality TV series winner is to be released as a late-night frightener.
John Gulager's creepy Feast won the movie-making contest last year, but has failed to land an official release date--until now.
The film, about a group of strangers battling monsters in a remote tavern, will hit cinemas across America on and Sept. 22 and 23 before a DVD release in October.
The film stars punk icon Henry Rollins, Jay & Silent Bob star Jason Mewes and George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Krista Allen.
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