Alexandre Aja on Piranha 3D’s Blood, Boobs, More Blood & Yes, Even More Boobs!

The jury’s still out on whether Alexandre Aja’s Piranha 3D is going to contain more real horror than cheesy ’80s-style comedy, but according to the director it should be a perfect mix of both. As he said in a recent interview, “Yes, it’s super gory; yes, it’s super scary; but it’s also super fun.

A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.”

As part of MTV News‘ week of 3D film coverage, Aja recently chatted with them about the perils of converting his film to 3D rather than shooting with 3D cameras, breaking records for the most blood ever spilled in a film, and why he insists on having 3D nudity onscreen. Here are a few highlights:

  • We decided to go 3D three years ago. It was kind of obvious that a revolution was coming with “Avatar” … I understand why James Cameron in “Avatar” didn’t want to make the 3D gimmicky, and he was right. But we are making a piranha-attacking-spring-break movie, so we are going to go for the huge on-the-screen effects and fish attacking the audience.
  • I was very, very skeptical about the 3D conversion, because it felt so unnatural to create 3D when it’s flat at the beginning. I saw a lot of demo reels, like some of the James Cameron “Titanic” conversion scenes, some of “Star Wars,” and 20 minutes of Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” fully converted into 3D, and that was simply the best 3D I’ve ever seen … I was sold. And in addition to that, because all of our piranha are CG, they are all real 3D in the computer. Our movie is going to be completely converted, but a big chunk of it will be real 3D as well.
  • MTV asked Aja if he’s setting a record for most blood or most boobs in a movie. His response: I think we broke both records. I want to know exactly how many different girls’ boobs are in the movie. I think it’s a lot. I think blood-wise, I have to get the final number, but we are beyond anything you can even imagine.
  • Finally, Aja promises, There’s going to be 3D double-D boobs! When I’m making a movie, I always think about the movie I would love to see.
  • Come August 27th we’ll see if the director made the movie the fans would love to see.

    Alexandre Aja on Piranha 3D's Blood, Boobs, More Blood & Yes, Even More Boobs!

    For the rest of the interview, hit up the MTV link, and be sure to also visit the official Piranha 3D website for more.

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    Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • Vanvance1

      Boobs, blood and BIG boobs. 3 of my favourite things, I’m in.

    • Blockbuster

      He had me at “3D double-D”. Color me sold. God Bless that man!