Traucki, minus Nerlich, is set to release The Reef next year, about a killer shark hunting a small group of tourists... on the great barrier reef! That will then be followed by Bait, which has just received funding from Screen Australia. Traucki will have the edge being released first, but the Russell Mulcahy-directed Bait will be in... wait for it... 3D! Bait will be, if memory serves, the second Aussie film to be filmed in 3D after Philippe Mora's Salvador Dali biopic, although who knows if that will ever get off the ground. Hopefully Mulcahy can make a film in the spirit of Razorback and not, ahem, Resident Evil: Extinction.
A 3D shark pic from "Highlander" helmer Russell Mulcahy tops the list of 22 projects in Screen Australia's final funding round of the year. "Bait 3D," the first 3D pic backed by government coin, concerns a coastal town swamped by a tsunami that brings with it a pack of sharks.
I think the word you're looking for here is "LOL!" Although that doesn't quite beat Piranha 3D's reasoning that an earthquake splits the ground beneath a lake, thus releasing a torrent of blood-thirsty piranhas, but I digress.
The Reef, being from Andrew Traucki, is bound to be one of my most anticipated titles of 2010. Black Water was an exceptional horror flick. I didn't do any "awards" for 2008 - or even a top 10, bad me - but Black Water would have featured prominently. If he can do with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef that he did with a crocodile in a swamp then The Reef will be bonza!