Since 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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