Alexander Aja’s ‘Piranha 3D’ Delayed But Not Forgotten

With films like “Beowulf” and the forthcoming “Avatar” continuing to put 3D in the limelight, it’s only natural that we’ll be seeing more of them on the horizon. And if there’s any genre that’s made for the format, it’s horror. Case in point: “Piranha 3D”, a loosely-adapted remake of the film that launched Joe Dante’s career (and whose sequel, “Piranha II: The Spawning” was the directorial debut of James Cameron).

The news broke last year that Alexander Aja — the French horror director famous for “High Tension,” “Mirrors” and the 2006 remake of “The Hills Have Eyes” — would be helming the remake, but now some production delays have since lead to a somewhat delayed start-date.

“We pushed production back to spring for weather reasons and location reasons,” confirmed Aja during an interview with MTV News. “There’s so many problems that we’re going to have to solve. After doing a movie with mirrors where it was kind of like a nightmare to avoid all the reflections, making a movie in 3D underwater and on the water is going to be the biggest challenge.”

Citing a desire to pay his respects to his heroes (mentioning Dante, Cameron, Tobe Hooper, and Wes Craven), Aja hopes to employ the latest 3D technology in a groundbreaking way.

“Something I’ve been trying to do for almost ten years now is trying to make movies where the audience is not watching a story or watching some actors but where the audience is crossing the screen and getting on the other side of the mirror, if you will and lives the nightmare of the screen with the protagonist. When James Cameron said that he wanted to go back and reinvent 3D technology, I always thought with my writing and producing partner that it would be the best tool to create the best horror movie. When people are a version of the audience inside the movie, what is the best thing in 3D to create the full-immersion? I think it’s only logical to use the horror genre for 3D to become even more efficient.”

Aja admitted that had he had to pass up a lifelong dream of meeting Cameron when scheduling conflicts forced him to turn down a set-visit to meet with his lifelong hero. “I got invited on the set of [Avatar],” Aja explained, “but I had to location scout and couldn’t attend… It’s like the biggest shame of my life. It was just impossible. I was so pissed off.”

As it stands, casting is still up in the air despite a rapidly-approaching start date. “We’re talking to a lot of people,” Aja said, “but there is nothing official.”

So MTV readers, what stars do you want to see eaten by 3D monster-piranhas? Let us know below!