Syfy has decided that its upcoming TV movie Sharknado 6 will serve as the final installment in the long-running B-movie franchise. Few people really saw the massive success of the Sharknado franchise coming. The first film's objectively crazy premise earned itself some early online attention, but Syfy had made films just as crazy before that hadn't managed to blow up. Yet, thanks to some smart marketing and a heavy social media presence, Sharknado became a small-scale event, being watched by nearly 1.4 million people, a good number for basic cable.
Out of that surprise success came a franchise, the peak of which - in viewership terms, not necessarily in quality - was 2014's Sharknado 2: The Second One, which earned a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 audience demo and was watched by nearly 4 million people. By comparison, last year's Sharknado 5: Global Swarming earned only an 0.6 demo rating and was watched by only 1.9 million people. Still good numbers for Syfy, but clearly a sign of a series on its way out in terms of popularity and relevance.
With that in mind, TV Line reports that Syfy will end the Sharknado series with this summer's sixth installment, currently titled just Sharknado 6. As with past sequels, one should expect a cheeky subtitle to be added to the film at some point prior to its premiere on TV. Series star Ian Ziering will of course return as Finn.
Sharknado 6 will pick up from the cliffhanger ending of Sharknado 5, in which Finn is left walking alone on an Earth devastated by Sharknadoes, seemingly doomed to never see his family again. That is until Dolph Lundgren shows up, revealing himself to be the grown-up version of Finn's son Gil, and offering his dad a chance to travel through time to set things right. Finn will be tasked with stopping the very first Sharknado from happening, thus rewriting history to save both his loved ones and the planet he calls home. One thing's for sure, these movies didn't get more plausible as they went along.
In addition to Ian Ziering, Sharknado vets Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo and Vivica A. Fox are also confirmed to return for the final sequel. Director Anthony C. Ferrante - director of all prior Sharknado films - will also return to helm Sharknado 6. As usual, fans should also expect a myriad of celebrity cameos. While Sharknado 6's time-traveling premise does seem designed to wrap up the franchise for good, film history is littered with planned "final installments" that didn't end up being the end. If Sharknado 6 can rise back up closer to Sharknado 2's numbers than Sharknado 5, don't be surprised to see Sharknado 7 materialize sooner or later.
Sharknado 6 premieres July 25 on Syfy.
Source: TV Line