Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are packing up their chainsaws and heading to Manhattan for Sharknado 2: The Second One, which will trend on Twitter some as-yet-unspecified day in July, Syfy warned today. Not only are Ziering and Reid back, Anthony Ferrante again will direct the screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado, so as to make sure the sequel is as craptastic as the original. And Syfy and producer-distributor The Asylum have hired casting director Mike Fenton and his partner Ann Frederick, of Fenton-Frederick Casting, to supervise cameo casting. So, Damon Lindelof, Mia Farrow, and Greg Berlanti — get in touch with them quickly, because shooting begins next month. In Sharknado 2, Syfy says, “a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a ‘sharknado’ on the city’s population and its most iconic sites, with Fin and April the only ones able to save the city.”
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring back the talent that made Sharknado a hit,” The Asylum COO Paul Bales said in today’s announcement. “Can lightning strike twice? I don’t know, but it’s a scientific fact that you’re more likely to be killed by lightning than by a shark. This film will have lightning and sharks, so that’s got to count for something.”
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July will mark the one-year anniversary of the date Sharnado was foisted upon an unsuspecting public. While about 1.5 million people watched the it’s-raining-sharks flick (and 1.9 million saw the repeat one week later), that’s still not the mega-crowd you might have expected, given the social media frenzy that erupted over the flick’s premiere. Actually, to be perfectly accurate, it was the media frenzy over the social media reaction to the movie — which, in truth, was only on a level approaching the social media reax of a Pretty Little Liars episode on a bad night. Except that, among those tweeting were, OMG!, it’s Damon Lindelof! And Greg Berlanti! And Mia Farrow! Farrow tweeted a photo of herself with Philip Roth, with whom she said she was watching Sharknado — a gag Roth did not seem to appreciate, since the photo had been taken at a dinner party days earlier. Berlanti contributed the weak-ish gag, “Somewhere in Hollywood there is a senior executive yelling at a junior executive for not coming up with #Sharknado first.” Lindelof, however, observed, “This movie is such a ripoff of The Bicycle Thief.”
In case you were one of the 312 million or so people in the country who did not see Sharknado, a tornado snatched up a mess of sharks — like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, only with sharper teeth – which made them so mad they began to attack adorable towheaded children and potential love interests of Ziering. And so the weary day wore on, until Ziering decided he’d had enough, and used a chainsaw to disembowel one Very Big Shark, who spoke for all the flying sharks, and they all lived happily ever after. Especially The Asylum, which reported that, thanks to The Reporters Who Cover Television’s hyperventilating over all the celebri-tweeting about Sharknado, a major retailer who was not going to take the movie instead ordered three times the number of DVDs they normally take for a movie. Seems Europe does not share our love of “creature movies,” which is why the retailer hesitated, but when they learned about the media hyperventilation, they threw caution to the wind, and Asylum “sold it all over the place,” reported Wired magazine.