'Sharknado 2' Gets the Greenlight From Syfy - And Will Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

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July 17th, 2013


via press release:







NEW YORK – July 17, 2013 – Which city will be attacked by flying sharks next? New York City! Following the spectacular worldwide social media frenzy around the July 11 premiere of Sharknado, Syfy today announced it will produce – Sharknado 2!


Sharknado 2 (working title), which will again be produced by The Asylum, is scheduled to premiere on Syfy in 2014.


Syfy also announced a special Twitter contest to help name the movie with an appropriate subtitle. Fans will be able to tweet their subtitle to @SyfyMovies using #Sharknado. Syfy will select the best submission as the subtitle for Sharknado 2.


In making the announcement, Thomas Vitale, Executive Vice President, Programming and Original Movies, Syfy, said: “Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm – on television. The fans are clamoring 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.”


In Sharknado, regulars of a beachside bar including owner Fin (Ian Ziering/Beverly Hills 90210), bartender Nova (Cassie Scerbo/Make It Or Break It) and local drunk George (John Heard/Home Alone) team up with Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid/Scrubs) to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies.


Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine greater.)


  • AppleStinx

    When is Syfy going to make one of these movies with San Francisco as target? The City has been ostracized for too long, and there are people I fantasize being made food for monsters.

  • cimmer

    Syfy has officially achieved the ‘any publicity is good publicity’ stage. The ratings weren’t great but at least people were talking about them, they weren’t saying anything too complimentary but hey, it’s working for Lindsey Lohen’s career, it may work for Syfy, lol.

    I wonder if lightening will strike twice? This is very much a double edged sword for them: you get buzz but it can be short lived because people get bored. Trickey. Hey, wasn’t a division of Syfy going to try and branch out into theatrical movies?

  • r0ckmypants

    @cimmer – “…they weren’t saying anything too complimentary…”

    Go check the reviews at Metacritc. They’re all positive.

  • cimmer

    @r0ckmypants I was reading the twitter feeds as they were happening, a lot of people were laughing (and apparently not watching if the ratings are correct) but they weren’t laughing ‘with’ Syfy, they were laughing ‘at’ Syfy. You want them laughing with you, not at you. Personally, I don’t think Syfy should do a Sharknado 2, it was a one off, take the publicity and move on. Syfy does not want to be known only for Sharknado type movies. Syfy’s biggest draw is still, I believe, wrestling on Friday nights which continues to strike me as strange for a channel whose tag line is “Imagine Greater” (of course they’ve always said WWE was there so they could make money for ‘better’ shows but I don’t think they meant Sharknado). lol

  • r0ckmypants

    How do you know what SyFy wants to be known for? Maybe they want to be known as the network that was the most talked-about because of in-joke, self-aware films like Sharknado. They didn’t air Sharknado expecting awards, but it’s gotten a lot of press (despite low ratings) and some decent reviews. And clearly the media (social and otherwise) response has warranted a sequel.

  • Steve

    Since “Sharknado”, despite its Twitter following, got a million less viewers than Debbie Gibson and Tiffany did over a couple of years ago for “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid”, why not have Debbie, Tiffany or both star in “Sharknado 2″?

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