If you were one of the many concerned that a sequel to the SyFy Channel's "Sharknado" would be a soulless shell without its original stars and creative team in the mix, fear not. The SyFy Channel announced today that director Anthony Ferrante, screenwriter Thunder Levin, and actors Ian Ziering and Tara Reid have all signed on for a second course. And this time, New York City is on the menu.
"Sharknado was an extraordinary 'perfect storm' which captured the attention of movie fans across the globe. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing about Sharknado! By reassembling the creative team -- and dropping sharks onto New York's iconic sites -- we're unleashing yet another 'fin' wave of shark-mania," Thomas Vitale, executive vp programming and original movies told The Hollywood Reporter.
The popularity of "Sharknado," and the subsequent greenlight for its sequel, likely came as the biggest surprise to Ziering, who admitted late last year that he almost passed on the first film.
“I was really apprehensive, but as an actor I get my insurance from the Screen Actor’s Guild by union, and you have to make so much every year to get that type 1 insurance,” he told ABC News. “Halfway through the script, I said to my wife, ‘Honey, I don’t know about this.’ She didn’t miss a beat, she said, ‘Look, you’re going to have two babies [by] this spring, you need to go to work.
“I continued reading the script and saw I got to chainsaw my way out of the belly of a shark and said, ‘Hey this may not be so bad,’” he added. “I have so much fun doing what I’m doing, I forget sometimes, I do this for a living.”
"Sharknado 2: The Second One" is set to premiere on the SyFy Channel this coming July. Can the network top the millions who tuned in for the first one? As Asylum COO Paul Bales points out, they have no idea, but they're going to have fun trying.
"We're thrilled to be able to bring back the talent that made Sharknado a hit. Can lightning strike twice?" he asked. "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."