Priorty project once he’s done with Mirrors
It’s been too long since we’ve heard from Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes). Busy in post-production on Fox’s Mirrors, starring Keifer Sutherland, the French director is out promoting P2 which he co-produced and co-wrote with creative partner GrÃ©gory Levasseur and Franck Khalfoun. Swimming about in Aja’s future is Piranha, an update of Joe Dante’s 1978 nature-run-amok send-up that will be made for Dimension Films.
“We are writing Piranha and are pretty far along in the process of working on the script,” Aja tells ShockTillYouDrop.com. Josh Stolberg laid the groundwork with a draft, now Aja and Levasseur are taking a pass at the story. With the looming WGA strike, word trickling in says the remake is on the fast-track for production, but Aja says he has to complete his obligations to Mirrors first. “Of course I want to make Piranha as fast as possible and really want to jump on that project. Because it’s completely different kind of genre for us. It’s not going to be more serious [than the original] – the idea is to approach Piranha as we would the construction of a roller coaster for a theme park. It’s different than anything we’ve done before. Very much a popcorn film that’s really scary. Of course, if you don’t believe in the characters then you don’t believe in the story so of course we want it to be believable and very real.”
We’ll have more on our chat with Aja in the coming days, so grab a cup of joe, keep hitting that “refresh” button and, for god’s sake, stay out of the water.