The third Sharknado film has found a formidable enemy. What caused this unnatural catastrophe to unwind? Was it an air strike? A flying piranha strike? A lightning strike? Nope! It was an IATSE strike!
Deadline is reporting that the Syfy sequel has had a bite taken out of its schedule, to say the least. This morning approximately 30-40 members of the Sharknado 3 production crew voted to walk off the job in search of an IATSE contact. The crew are seeking a health and pension agreement. Sharknado 3 is set to air this summer on the NBCUniversal owned channel.
Today’s labor action sees picketing outside the Burbank-based offices of Sharknado 3’s producers The Asylum. The producers had no response when contacted by Deadline about the strike and contract desire. It’s worth noting that 2014’s Sharknado 2 was done under an IATSE agreement, but this latest version of the franchise has been non-union.
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Anthony C. Ferrante directs the film, which stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, Ryan Newman, Claudia Sheperd, and Jack Griffo, with cameos by Mark Cuban, Anne Coulter, Bo Derek, Jerry Springer, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Chris Jericho.
Depending on how quickly this can be resolved, Sharknado 3 will premiere on Syfy in July, causing mass destruction in Washington, D.C., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida.