The NBCU cable net officially announced a follow up to last week’s viral creature feature, tentatively titling the newly greenlit pic “Sharknado 2.” Variety reported last week that talks were underway at the cable net for a “Sharknado” followup less than a day after the TV movie launched.
The Asylum, the shingle behind the first “Sharknado” along with other Syfy original movies, will return to produce the telepic, which will take place in New York City. (“Sharknado” was set in L.A.) Syfy will debut “Sharknado 2” next year.
Syfy is also giving fans the opportunity to create “Sharknado 2’s” subtitle by submitting their ideas at @SyfyMovies using the hashtag #Sharknado. “Sharknado’s” subtitle was “Enough 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,” said Thomas Vitale, exec veep of programming and original movies and the cabler. “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.”
“Sharknado” launched Thursday, July 11 on Syfy to much social media fanfare, trending nationally on Twitter both the night of the broadcast and the following morning. Many major media outlets jumped on the “Sharknado” bandwagon, as “NBC Nightly News,” “World News with Diane Sawyer” and CNN offered segments about the campy Syfy pic.
With so much web frenzy surrounding the Tara Reid-starrer, many were surprised when “Sharknado” emerged with only 1.4 million viewers to its name for the premiere broadcast, ranking it well below most other highly social shows for the evening.