In October, Dimension released the teaser trailer forÂ Piranha 3DD, just a week after the studio moved the movie from its November 23rd opening for an unspecified 2012 release date.In the intervening months, however, no new date forÂ Piranha 3DD had been announced. Until now.Â Digital Spy (viaÂ The Playlist) recently reported thatÂ Piranha 3DDwould be released on DVD in the UK in March, a move that appeared to damn a theatrical release. With a DVD release only two and a half months away, would Dimension have enough time to mount a promotional campaign forÂ Piranha 3DD?Shock Till You Drop turned to directorÂ John Gulager (Feast) for answers, and the director responded with an email that explained what was happening withÂ Piranha 3DD.
Iâ€™m really glad that people are interested in the progress ofÂ Piranha 3DD. I can tell you that at 6:30 pm on December 19th, my birthday, the sound mixing forPiranha 3DD was done and the film was finished. The plan is to come to theaters this Spring in 3D(D)!The original November release date was made before we started filming. As [co-screenwriter]Â [Patrick] Melton says, "...the Thanksgiving release was always overly optimistic." Ha, ha, thatâ€™s a good way of putting it! The main problem was this thing called Winter. There was no way we could ask anyone to strip down and jump into the water. Besides being inhumane and stupid, even with â€˜movie magicâ€™, it would be too dangerous. So we waited until it was warm enough to shoot but not so late that our main location became unavailable (open to the public) and started shooting in real 3D on April 25th, 2011.We released a short teaser trailer on the Spike Awards in October to give a taste of whatâ€™s in store but had to let go of the November theatrical date. The film just wasnâ€™t totally finished. When that happened any planned releases around the world had to be scrapped and reset becauseÂ Piranha 3DD must be released here, in the US, first. I think this is a Spring film anyways.
Gulager also mentioned that a November test screening was a success, but still did not mention a release date for the movie. Still, Melton confirmed toÂ Daily Dead that a Spring theatrical release was likelyÂ "because of the 'Spring Break vibe' in the film, spring was the obvious time to open it."