Syfy is looking to build another monster mashup franchise, greenlighting a sequel to original movie Lavalantula, which premiered on Saturday as part of Sharknado week.
Set for summer 2016, the Lavalantula sequel, from Cinetel Films, will be titled 2 Lava 2 Lantula! The original movie saw Steve Guttenberg star as Colton West, a 90s action movie star who is on the waning end of his career and in trouble with the law when volcanoes erupt in the Santa Monica mountains. The eruption sends an avalanche of fire-breathing, lava-spewing arachnids who wreak havoc on the City of Angels and some of its most historic landmarks. In the movie, Guttenberg reteamed with his Police Academy castmates Leslie Easterbrook, Marion Ramsey, and Michael Winslow, along with Nia Peeples (Pretty Little Liars), Ralph Garmin (Sharktopus), Patrick Renna (The Sandlot), among others. I hear the intention is to bring back the cast, with talent conversations just starting. Syfy is rerunning the original movie on Wednesday.
With Lavalantula, Syfy is looking to replicate the success of the 2013 movie Sharknado, which became a surprise viral hit, spawning a successful franchise. Its third installment, Oh Hell No!, aired last week, and a fourth movie has been greenlighted.