Directed by Leigh Scott, who produced and/or directed fifteen films for The Asylum including Transmorphers in 2007, Piranha Sharks is a comedy that follows the disaster caused when a genetically engineered bio-weapon, mini-piranha/shark hybrids, are sold as children’s toys in big- box retailers and then unleashed upon Manhattan.
The oddball cast includes TV's Hercules Kevin Sorbo, ex-WWE wrestler Al Snow, former MLB player Jose Canseco, former MSNBC news anchor David Shuster, and reality TV star Gina Marie Zimmerman of the CBS show “Big Brother.” The film was written by Scott with a score composed by Ramona Mallory, who also starred in, co-edited, and produced the film. The film's hero creatures were created by Academy Award winner Barney Burman (Star Trek: Into Darkness).
“I helped start The Asylum,” remarked director Scott. “A lot of the ways in which they make films, in terms of production and development, are based on my ideas. I even presented the idea of giant shark movies long before they made Mega-Shark or any of their other shark epics. And for all of that, let me sincerely apologize to the world. The goal of this launch, and our company Angry Armadillo, is to prove the superiority of internet-delivered content over traditional cable as well as the triumph of talented people who care about their filmmaking over money-grubbing hacks who prostitute their meager skills to make a quick buck. We want our films to contain jokes, not be jokes.”
Co-producer and co-star Benjamin Kanes had this to say, “It’s simple, really. This is about creating movies that are awesome. Movies that people want to see. Movies that don’t presuppose and rely upon the stupidity of their audiences. And then delivering them in the most inexpensive and convenient possible way.”
Producer Ramona Mallory was a bit more measured in her remarks. “The online revolution is happening, just not fast enough for our tastes. We think this distribution model not only represents the future but the best way for producers to monetize their investment and continue to produce quality work. The Vimeo service is great, not just for producers, but for audiences. They can enjoy films on HD television sets, mobile devices, or computers. It better fits the way people now watch movies and television shows”.
Independent film producer, promoter, and inspiration for the Jeff Bridges character in The Big Lebowski, Jeff Dowd, recently declared Angry Armadillo’s strategy and team to be “the future,” noting that they “are the revolution.”
The decision to launch both the film and the company to coincide with Sharknado 2 is not accidental. The Asylum built their brand on “mockbusters” and piggybacking their productions onto the marketing budgets of studio films. “It’s time to mockbust the Mockbusters”, noted Scott. “You live by the sword, you die by the sword.” In addition to some rather familiar looking posters, Angry Armadillo will be releasing a series of promotional videos and trailers leading up to the release.
Piranha Sharks will be available for rental and purchase through the official website PiranhaSharks.com as well as the Vimeo OnDemand website beginning August 8th and is available for pre-order now.