Syfy social phenom “Sharknado” is getting a one-night-only cinema replay, with Regal Entertainment Group set to stage midnight showings of creature feature on about 200 screens next Friday night, Aug. 2.
Made-for-TV pic from Asylum swirled into a cult hit after a small but potent Twitter hurricane — peaking at 5,000 tweets per minute — accompanied July 11 airing on Syfy. NBCUniversal’s Syfy has greenlit a sequel to be set in Gotham and invited Twitter users to submit ideas for a subtitle with the hashtag #Sharknado. “Sharknado 2” is skedded to bow in July 2014 on Syfy.
“‘Sharknado’ has become a force of nature in its own right,” Regal marketing chief Ken Thewes said in a statement. “There’s just something epic about watching these huge beasts on the big screen with your friends and family. The crowd reactions will make for a memorable experience in our theaters.”
While it’s unclear whether “Sharknado” will inspire levels of fan interaction that have developed for 1975 musical pic “Rocky Horror,” Regal issued a playful warning to theatergoers that “an umbrella is not much protection” against protagonist Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering), who chainsaws his way out of a shark near end of the pic.
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Unfortunately, theater chain will not be presenting the shark-attack fiesta in 3D, as “Sharknado” was produced in conventional 2D, Regal rep confirmed.