Friday, December 18, 2009

Shark Attack!

First there were competing croc flicks, now two killer shark movies are on the way. Just because we're Australia doesn't mean we don't suffer from that strange phenomenon of having two nearly identical movies be made at the same time. It's the Volcano/Dante's Peak or Deep Impact/Armageddon scenario. It's happened with Clubland and The Black Balloon, it happened with The Combination and Cedar Boys (albeit in a purely semi-racist way) and it happened with Greg McLean's Rogue (about a killer croc hunting a small group of tourists) and Black Water from Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich (about a killer croc hunting a small group of tourists) and now it's happening again!

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!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

first 3d will be that cane toads movie playing sundance. i'm reading the bait script now - tastes good so far

Glenn Dunks said...

Was I aware that there was a 3D cane toad movie and that it was playing at Sundance??

Glenn Dunks said...

I do remember the cane toads thing! I googled and I remember reading some of those pieces, I wasn't aware it was screening at Sundance though. That sure is something!

Jeff Ritchie said...

Isn't there meant to be a movie about flies of all things, yes horror flick the mind boggles, that is also in 3D ....