In less than three years, The Asylum and the Syfy Channel have turned one of the most ludicrous ideas for a movie ever into the bonafide, hit B-movie franchise known as Sharknado. People across various social media platforms first went went head over heels for Sharknado in 2013, giving the network some of their highest ratings ever. That, of course, has led to three more movies – Sharknado 2 : The Second One, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens – breezing through production each year since.
The story about one man, Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his wife April Wexler (Tara Reid), attempting to stop the man-eating storms – which is one-part deadly sea predator and one-part devastating natural disaster – has been on just about everybody’s radar, both online and at San Diego Comic Con, since it first debuted. From cosplay costumes, to an incredible super fan water slide, fans of the franchise just can’t get enough of Sharknado – and it seems the animal/storm hybrid series is far from over .
Speaking with Screen Rant this week, Sharknado screenwriter Thunder Levin (American Warships) had this to say about the future of the franchise and where he sees the story going:
“As to whether we will see other creatures in ‘nados in the future, I can’t say for sure. Who knows if there will even be any more Sharknado movies? I guess it depends on the ratings. I have actually developed a story arc for Sharknado five through seven – for the next three movies – and I’ve submitted that to The Asylum and we’ll see if they want to run with it or not and we’ll see if Syfy wants to do anymore of these. If they do, I’m ready to go and there’s no telling what you might see.
“It’s going to be an interesting ride if we get to do what I’m planning, because one of the things is people [in the movie] have sort of given up asking “Why are these things happening?” and I think maybe it’s time we took a look at that. What if it’s not just global warming? There might be something else going on.”
Levin has always kept the stories for Sharknado loose and fun, hitting viewers with pun-filled dialog and over-the-top action scenes, while the actors purposefully play their characters straight. It’s a winning combination that most likely explains why the science fiction disaster franchise is generally devoid of harsh criticism – the audience is in on the joke and soaks up every ridiculous minute of each movie with delight.
During the Sharknado panel at Comic Con this year, producer David Michael Latt (Z Nation) and director Anthony Ferrante both said they were open to continuing the franchise but that everything really depended on what Syfy wanted to do. However, it would be hard to imagine Syfy not wanting to keep the low-budget, fan favorite Sharknado franchise generating online excitement for three more years – they’ve yet to make any official announcement regarding future films.
Levin wouldn’t elaborate on just where he was planning to take the franchise, but there’s no doubt that wherever he goes, the stories are sure to be filled with plenty of parody, landmark destruction and (digital) blood-soaked cameo deaths.
Watch the Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens official trailer – HERE.
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens debuts on the Syfy Channel Sunday July 31st, 8 PM EST.