Syfy struck B-movie and social media gold in 2013 with the viral hit Sharknado, which followed a surfer-turned-bar owner named Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) as he battled shark-infested tornadoes that hit Los Angeles. Syfy has since followed up Sharknado with two sequels: Sharknado 2: The Second One, which brought the titular man-eating storms to New York City, and Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! - in which Fin fought sharks all along the "feast coast."
Syfy and B-movie production house The Asylum are re-teaming for a fourth installment of the Sharknado series that will hit TV screens this summer. Now, an official title - featuring a Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens pun, of course - and premiere date for the upcoming installment have been released.
Syfy and The Asylum announced Sharknado: The 4th Awakens will debut on the network at 8pm ET on Sunday, July 31st, 2016. The TV movie will see director Anthony C. Ferrante and screenwriter Thunder Levin return - both of whom worked on all previous chapters in the Sharknado series. Syfy additionally unveiled the title card for Sharknado 4, take a look:
Previously, Syfy unveiled the full cast list for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, including series stars Ziering and Tara Reid, the latter of which will return as April Wexler since fans voted to keep her character alive after the ending of Sharknado 3. Also returning are David Hasslehoff (Baywatch) and Ryan Newman (The Thundermans), while new cast members include Gary Busey (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Tommy Davidson (Black Dynamite), Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris), Cody Linley (Melissa & Joey), Masiela Lusha (George Lopez), and Cheryl Tiegs (The Apprentice).
Sharknado 4 will find Fin and April five years after the events of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and, unlike previous installments, a specific location being hit by the shark-filled tornadoes has yet to be been named. But, the title for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens features the cheesy and pun-filled humor that has become synonymous with the Sharknado franchise in the past three years. In fact, that tongue-in-cheek humor is what helped social media latch on to Sharknado in the first place and catapult the series to surprising success for a TV B-movie.
Of course, the Sharknado films aren't necessarily beloved by all, and Sharknado 3 seemed to be the first hint that the premise will eventually wear thin even on fans of so-bad-it's-good B-movies. But, as long as viewers continue to tune in to Syfy's Sharknado films, it's likely the network and The Asylum will keep making them - shark and Star Wars puns and all.
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens will premiere July 31st, 2016 at 8pm ET on Syfy.