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Eric Roberts to Wage War With Sharktopus

Eric Roberts to Wage War With SharktopusSince news broke that recent honorary Oscar winner Roger Corman and Syfy were teaming up to gift the world with a motion picture about a half-shark/half-octopus oceanic killing machine gone wild, Sharktopus-mania has engulfed the World Wide Web. Now comes news that a former Oscar nominee has signed on to star.

Eric Roberts was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1985 for his role in Runaway Train. Now he’s starring in Sharktopus. I smell Emmy.

Roberts stars as a research scientist who, with his talented daughter (presumably not to be portrayed by his real-life daughter Emma Roberts), develops a top secret military weapon – a hybrid shark/octopus that can be controlled by electrical implants. Seems the military is prepared to go to any length to deal with modern-day pirates. But in a shocking turn of events, the controls break down and Sharktopus goes wild. The resort beaches of Mexico become the target for its man-eating killing spree.

Expect to see Roger Corman himself in a cameo appearance.

Sitting in the director’s chair for Sharktopus is Declan O’Brien, who previously helmed the fairly entertaining Roger Corman/Syfy flick Cyclops (also co-starring Eric Roberts) and the fairly awful Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead.

Look for Sharktopus to show its jaws and unfurl its tentacles on Syfy later this year.

For those that cannot wait that long for Roger Corman-Syfy produced underwater monster mayhem, now might be a good time to remind you that Dinoshark premieres on Syfy this Saturday night at 9/8 Central. Here’s a taste of what to expect.

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