Syfy Eying a Sharknado Sequel after Last Night's Social Media Snarknado; Repeat Airing Happening Next Week
Who would have imagined that an Asylum/Syfy movie about tornadoes full of sharks would become one of the biggest pop culture sensations of the year? Not surprising, Syfy is already considering unleashing a second Sharknado.
The ratings aren’t even in yet, and Syfy, a network that generally is opposed to making sequels to its Original Movies, is putting out word that they are strongly considering a sequel based almost entirely off of last night’s social media reaction. 5,000 tweets per minute. 387,000 social media reactions. If that translates to actual rating, Sharknado could very well be one of the television events of our time.
While they decide, in case you missed it, Syfy will present a special encore presentation of Sharknado on Thursday, July 18, at 7PM (ET/PT), and today they also posted a clip:
My advice to both Syfy and The Asylum: DON’T DO IT! Sharknadoes, much like lightning, never strike twice; and the lightning this movie struck last night will never be recreated. This was a right movie at the right place at the right time sort of pop cultural zeitgeist. Not to mention that the very concept behind the film is only novel once. Can’t imagine Sharknado 2 coming even close in matching the social media and b-movie insanity of the first.
Asylum exec David Latt and their head of development, Micho Rutare, spoke to the Hollywood Reporter today about sequel prospects.
Micho Rutare: We want Damon Lindelof to write the sequel. He said he would, and I don't know if he's serious or not but we can do it right now. In all seriousness, it's really Syfy's call but we certainly would do it.
David Latt: (Laughing) We're going to skip to No. 3, it's easier that way; two is always a letdown but three is the mea culpa! Anything is possible. You should see the emails we're getting. It's not off the table. Ian Ziering paved the way for the next installment to have Johnny Depp. He's a trailblazer so we're going to go out to Depp next time. It's going to be a tough negotiation to get Ian back, but we'll figure it out!
You can read the rest of the interview here, where they also let it be known that regardless of whether Sharknado 2: The Sharkening ever comes into existence, we can rest assured that The Asylum have more sharktacular films on the horizon. Specifically, 3-Headed Shark Attack and Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark.
Read our Sharknado review here.
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