Sharknado falls into much the same category as Burger King's Bacon Milkshake: it's simply too ridiculous to NOT become a (momentary) focus of the cultural zeitgeist. The TV movie - which premiered to 1.4 million viewers on July 11th - featured the absurd plot of a rampant tornado sucking up a bunch of sharks, which were then hurled all over Los Angeles. In the not-so-proud tradition of absurdist/parody movie studio The Asylum, Sharknado was headlined by
washed up former stars like Tara Reid and Ian Ziering.
Well, Sharknado fans, the madness is not done yet; SyFy has announced plans for a new Sharknado TV movie, which will premiere sometime in 2014.
Said SyFy executive Thomas Vitale:
Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm - on television. The fans are clamouring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel...What we can guarantee is that Sharknado 2 will be lots of fun. We'll be announcing more details very soon. But we didn't want our fans to worry they wouldn't get their fill of more shark fin, I mean, fun next year.
His bad joke aside, Vitale and the heads over at The Asylum clearly know they struck pay dirt (and I mean that oh so literally) with the first film, and are going to keep milking this shark for as long as possible. With Sharknado temporarily taking over Twitter and Facebook after its trailer dropped, it's easy to bet that the ante WILL get upped, and that Sharknado sequel or prequel trailer will once again be able to make the necessary impression on the masses.
The Asylum has a track record of making ridiculous animal disaster movies like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Mega Piranha, Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus, and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. As for what kind of new animal-meets-weather disaster would plague mankind in the Sharknado sequel? The Internet is already hard at work coming up with ideas; read the Sharknado sequel concepts that are already being discussed.
You can catch a re-airing of Sharknado on July 18 @ 7pm EST on SyFy; Look for Sharknado 2 sometime in 2014.
Source: SyFy (via Digital Spy)
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