Everyone has something to say in today’s Sequel Bits, whether it’s Star Trek 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman on the magneticism of Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Englund on Freddy Krueger’s backstory, or Frank Spotnitz on the possibility of another X-Files movie. Also after the jump:

  • Details on the new (in-canon) video game sequel to Aliens
  • James Cameron and Jon Landau have big plans for the Avatar franchise
  • The MPAA stamps Piranha 3DD with a well deserved R rating

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You knew this was coming. Did you think the first trailer for Piranha 3DD exhibited far too much good taste? (Unlikely, but you never know.) If so, this red-band version… actually will probably leave you thinking the same thing. It is more or less the same trailer, with perhaps a bit more blood and quite a few added naked people. One doesn’t hire strippers as lifeguards to have them keep their suits on, I suppose.

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It’s not often you’ll see Piranha 3DD and Anna Karenina mentioned in the same breath, but every film needs a release date, no matter how trashy or elegant. After the jump, check out new release dates for those two movies, plus Henry Cavill‘s The Cold Light of Day, Robert Pattinson‘s Bel Ami, and the comedy Lola Versus.

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Contrary to the quote I’ve chosen to headline this article, I kinda do like this. Something tells me I shouldn’t, and some of what is shown off in the trailer for John Gulager‘s Piranha 3DD is unremittingly awful. The very concept is pretty embarrassing. But the 2010 Piranha 3D was a movie that made me laugh like crazy. Sometimes I laughed with it, and sometimes at it, but since the whole enterprise was an unvarnished piece of exploitation I don’t think that distinction matters much.

The sequel appears to have one ambition, which is to make the exploitative aspects of the 2010 movie seem timid. This trailer makes Piranha 3DD look dumb and gross — not just blood and guts gross, but “I hope my mom doesn’t know I’m enjoying this” gross. It also makes the film look like one that I’ll howl at once again, possibly in pure disbelief that anyone paid for and acted in it.

All that said, while there is nothing in this trailer that is technically not safe for work, some workplaces will probably be a lot less tolerant than others about rolling this one. Check it out below. Read More »

Everything gets a sequel now: big tentpole event films, popular TV shows, and low-rent horror films. Especially low-rent horror films. After the break you’ll find:

  • The latest minor rumblings on J.J. Abrams’ sequel to Star Trek,
  • Word on a new version, a ‘requel’ if you will, of Killer Klowns From Outer Space,
  • Assurance that Piranha 3DD isn’t getting dumped on video in the US,
  • Turtle’s comments about an Entourage movie,
  • and the first image of Jemaine Clement in Men in Black III.

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‘Piranha 3DD’ Scream Awards Teaser Trailer

Here’s the first teaser footage from Dimension’s Piranha 3DD, the sequel to Alexandre Aja’s revival of the Piranha series. If this teaser is to be believed, Feast director John Gulager hasn’t changed the formula at all, so this sequel has some sort of story (featuring David Hasselhoff) partially pushed to the background as another group of partying bikini-clad beach babes gets chewed up by hungry prehistoric fish.

We see a glimpse of returning actors Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames, the latter of which comes bearing a Robert Rodriguez touch. That, and the whole tone of this teaser, makes Piranha 3DD look like something that might appeal to anyone who enjoyed the low-brow silliness of the last movie. In other words, this is exactly what you expect it to be. Oh, and it is mildly NSFW, as the title suggests. Read More »

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Thursday has been another day of release date dominoes. First Disney shuffled around a few dates including the resurrected Lone Ranger and Patty Jenkins-helmed Thor 2. Now Warner Bros. has moved up Guillermo Del Toro‘s sci-fi action epic Pacific Rim from July 12, 2013 to May 10, 2013. In more immediate news, The Weinstein Company has pushed their Michelle Williams film My Week With Marilyn back from November 4 to 23 and, as a result, Piranha 3DD is now off that date. The horror sequel is now slated for the discouragingly vague “2012.” Read some possible reasons for all of these shifts after the jump. Read More »

David Hasselhoff has become the latest actor to join Piranha 3DD, the sequel to last year’s Piranha 3D (which in turn was a remake of the 1978 film Piranha). The new cast looks just as enjoyably eclectic as the last one — in addition to returning stars Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, and Paul Scheer, 3DD will also feature Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Gary Busey (Point Break), Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), David Koechner (Anchorman) and Matt Bush (Adventureland).

Here’s the plot synopsis — not that the premise is terribly difficult to figure out:

There’s something in the water . . . again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.

Piranha 3DD is currently shooting in Wilmington, NC under the direction of John Gulager (Feast). The film will open November 23, 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump: A plagiarizer, an Italian bird scientist, and a host of Hollywood stars.

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Briefly: Now, finally, we can all breathe a tremendous sigh of relief. Just when it looked like Piranha 3DD might be a contractually-obligated sequel with a mostly uninspiring cast, we now know that it will probably be a coffer-filling sequel with a slightly more entertaining cast. Because Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames and Paul Scheer have all agreed to reprise their roles. Paul Scheer was actually supposed to die in the first film, but that scene was cut, so movie magic, in addition to contractual magic, means that he gets to fight fish another day. How does the Ving Rhames character return? Uh…a twin? Android replicant? Rapid cloning, perhaps?

Cameras are in or near the water in North Carolina right now, with a November release date set. The first film had some silly gore that went so far over the top that I couldn’t help but laugh. Hopefully under the direction of John Gulager (Feast) this one will go even further into blood-red waters.