Posts Tagged ‘Piranha’

Dimension Films have issued a press release announcing that they are already developing a follow-up with with director Alexandre Aja and producer Mark Canton returning. Canton gave the following quote:

“We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving PIRANHA 3D, but cheering for it. And it’s fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can’t wait to get to work on the sequel.”

All this giving no importance to the  the fact that Piranha wasn’t a big hit at the box office with an opening of $10 million and the #6 place


Director Alexandre Aja is nabbed the rights to Buichi Terasawa’s manga Cobra: The Space Pirate, with plans for a sci-fi epic.

“I grew up dreaming about Cobra,” Aja told in an interview. “My day was: finish school, run home and switch on the TV and I was hardly the only one. Kids did it in France, Italy, Spain, all over Western Europe. For many people there is Star Wars and nothing else, but for me and my writing partner Gregory, there is Star Wars and Cobra. I am so surprised it never crossed the ocean and made the same impact in the US, because it is so big everywhere else. There are 60 books, a lot of TV animation and so many adventures, pirates and bad guys that it is perfect to be reinvented into a really cool space opera adventure franchise for a new generation.”’

Aja has apparently been itching to get the chance to make Cobra into a movie for a while now, and has been plying Terasawa with requests to win the rights. Now he’s finally broken down the creator and has ambitions to create a summer tent pole action epic from the story.

The series follows the adventures of Cobra who lived an ordinary life until enemies started to hunt him down. Cobra surgically alters his face, and erases his own memory to hide from his enemies. Cobra starts to regain his memories and then unites with his old partner Lady Armaroid and his ship Tortuga. Later in his adventures, Cobra meets the Royal sisters whose map-tattoos lead to treasure.

The Cobra manga has also spawned nine sequel series… [and] later served as the basis for a feature-length film adaptation, a 31-episode anime series that retells the film’s story, and two original video animations

This year`s Melbourne International film festival will have some big names to hit the red carpet!

Gremnlins fans will he happy, because Hollywood legend, director Joe Dante (Gremlins, Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, The Howling, Piranha, Innerspace and Small Soldiers) , who will attend the festival for a special film tribute – Dante’s Inferno. Joe Dante will also present the Australian premiere of his very first film, 1968’s The Movie Orgy.

Entourage’s, Adrian Grenier,  will be in Melbourne to present his documentary, Teenage Paparazzo, on July 23. The film follows 13 year old paparazzo, Austin Visschedyk, as he hustles with men three times his age to capture photographs of the most ‘famous’ people in Los Angeles.

Originally hailing from Ballarat, Michael Rowe, will be a guest of the festival with his Camera d’Or winning film, Leap Year, one of 17 Cannes Film Festival films to screen at MIFF.  Other Cannes titles include Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid, Sophie Fiennes’ Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, Jean-Luc Godard’s Film Socialisme and Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy starring Juliette Binoche.

This year’s festival will also feature a program of Indian films titled Not Quite Bollywood, with superstar Aamir Kahn will be in town on August 6 to present his film, Peepli Live at the Regent Theatre.

Other programs this year include First Encounters which showcases a range of films from first time filmmakers.

Another great feature of the program is Wild Things, a selection of films featuring animals as protagonists, like Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo which explores the ineffable mystery of Japan’s age-old love affair with insects.

After eighteen days of jam packed film events, the festival will close with the biopic on musician Ian Dury, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. Ian Dury, played by Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, King Kong), was a hard-hitting punk rocker famous for his antics both on and off stage.

MIFF runs from July 22 to August 8.The full MIFF Program Guide will be available July 9 online and tickets will go on sale the same day. For more information, visit the festival website and watch this space for more on the line-up of films.