Piranha, Terra Nova SDCC Panels Cut

Only a week to go before the San Diego Comic Con kicks off with studios and companies galore rushing around to lock down interviews, presentations, celebrity guests and parties.

However two panels have been pulled from the convention after being announced over the weekend. The first is “Piranha 3D” panel which The Weinstein Company has pulled from the Friday morning schedule according to HitFix.

Part of the reason was that the footage to be screened from the film was too graphic to screen. Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations, Daniel Glanzer, says that “my understanding is that the footage wasn’t all ages appropriate. We don’t check ID to get into those meeting rooms, so we don’t want something inappropriate.”

Weinstein Co. could’ve preceded without any footage or resubmitted new footage, however they instead opted to cancel the panel altogether.

Meanwhile Entertainment Weekly reports that Fox has cancelled its planned presentation for the Spielberg sci-fi series “Terra Nova”.

The presentation was scheduled for Friday afternoon but writer/producer David Fury says that with production not scheduled to kick off until September, they “just don’t have anything to wow anyone with. It’s still in the preliminary stage, It’s a huge undertaking.”

Also the writers don’t want to reveal too much about the high-concept series. “If we talk about the more interesting aspects of the show now, we’re afraid we’ll ruin the surprise for the audience” says Fury.

UPDATE: The “Piranha 3D” footage will be screened off-site at 10pm on Thursday night at the Regal Horton Plaza. Director Alex Aja and the cast will be on-hand for a one-hour Q&A afterwards.