Wednesday, July 17, 2013

'Sharknado 2' is greenlit: The feeding frenzy continues

If you were wondering if all the solid publicity and the social media explosion over the -- admittedly, bad, bad, bad -- Syfy original film "Sharknado" would spawn a sequel, the answer came on Wednesday, less than a week after the movie's airing. The answer is yes.

However, don't expect a spin-off movie, such as suggested films like "Pirahnacane" or "Hurricanine." Instead it will be simply "Sharknado 2."

Yes, the Ian Ziering / Tara Reid movie about sharks being pulled into a tornado (really, a waterspout) will have a sequel that moves from one coast to another. Instead of Los Angeles, the monster meat-eating sharks will touch down in New York City.

Syfy's Executive Vice President, Programming and Original Movies, Thomas Vitale said, in a statement:
Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm –- on television. The fans are clamoring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel.

What we can guarantee is that "Sharknado 2" will be lots of fun. We’ll be announcing more details very soon. But we didn’t want our fans to worry they wouldn’t get their fill of more shark fin, I mean, fun next year.
Syfy also announced a contest to give "Sharknado 2" an appropriate subtitle. To enter, fans can tweet their subtitle to @SyfyMovies using the hashtag #Sharknado. Syfy will select the best submission and use it as the subtitle for "Sharknado 2," something like "Sharknado 2: Really?"

The new film won't be aired until 2014, but those who missed last weeks blood-fest can catch it when it airs again on Thursday, one week after its premiere.

It is unclear if Tara Reid or Ian Ziering will return for the new film, but if they did, you'd have to say their luck was terrible when it comes to natural disasters. You'd also have to wonder if they could really make it out alive, again.

We're just wondering how much belief will have to be suspended for "Sharknado 2?" Oh, wait, it's "Sharknado 2," after all.

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