Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Vintage Print Ads : Piranha 3

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This ad was taken out sometime in the early '90s, to generate buzz for a second sequel to the original Piranha franchise, which was to be produced by Ovidio Assonitis, who produced Piranha 2 : The Spawning.  Of course, the film was never actually made, and there are no indications that I've seen that the movie was even written.  The writer/director credited on the ad is Oliver Hellman, which was actually a pseudonym of Assonitis'.  So it seems this was just a case of the producer getting a little too excited, before anything was ever set in stone.  Assonitis also took out an ad for a Humanoids From The Deep sequel around the same time, another film that never actually came to fruition.

Now the interesting thing here is that Assonitis again teased a second Piranha sequel, back in 2007.  This time the film was to be called Piranha 3-D : The Invisible Menace, and oddly enough was announced right around the same time as Alexandre Aja's 3D remake of Piranha.  Once again, a poster is all that exists of that project...

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Invisible piranha in the snow ... am I the only one that kinda sort wishes this was actually made?!  They 'hungrier then ever', yo!!!

Assonitis also teased remakes of Demons & Beyond The Door back in 2007, both of which suffered the same fate as Humanoids 2 and Piranha 3.
 
Mr. Assonitis hasn't actually produced a film since 2003's Italian horror flick Red Riding Hood.
 
Keep dreaming Ovidio.  And keep living up to your last name!

1 comment:

Eric Flapjack Ashley said...

Being a huge fan of the original Piranha, I only discovered the art for the proposed Piranha 3 a few months ago. Although I have to say, I am more intrigued by invisible piranha in 3D. haha.