Weinstein Co.’s ‘Piranha 3-D’ isn’t going to be biting anyone for a while


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In what is becoming a recurring theme for Weinstein Co., the production company said it was delaying yet another movie premiere.

This time it’s ‘Piranha 3-D,’ which is moving from April 16 to sometime in August at the earliest, the company said today.


Weinstein Co. said it was relocating ‘Piranha 3-D,’ one of its more highly anticipated releases, to get out of the way of Lionsgate’s movie ‘Kick-Ass,’ which also opens that weekend and may appeal to the same young demographics.

David Glaser, a senior Weinstein Co. executive, said there were no financial motivations behind the decision to move ‘Piranha 3-D.’

But that won’t stop the endless stream of speculation about the company’s future. Besides disappointing recent releases including ‘Nine,’ ‘Youth in Revolt’ and ‘The Road,’ the company also recently delayed the premiere of ‘Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil,’ a sequel to ‘Hoodwinked,’ which was a surprise hit for the company several years ago. ‘Hoodwinked Too!’ was scheduled to open this weekend. The company still doesn’t have a new release date. Last year it delayed another 3-D movie, ‘Escape from Planet Earth.’

Weinstein Co. also has several finished movies sitting on the shelf waiting for release dates including ‘Shanghai’ with John Cusack, Ryan Gosling’s ‘All Good Things’ and ‘Hurricane Season.’

-- Joe Flint