Actress Tara Reid confirmed that she will return for Sharknado 2 on her Twitter account on Thursday. In case you’ve managed to repress Sharknado from your memory, the original was a made-for-TV film that aired on the Syfy channel last summer that showed Los Angeles being terrorized by waterspouts full of sharks. Tara Reid, Ian Ziering and John Heard starred in the first film.
Sharknado 2: The Second One will air on Syfy this coming July and will have Reid and Ziering back in their roles of April and Fin. Filming on Sharknado 2 is scheduled to begin in February, and this time the sharks are releasing their fury on New York City.
As you can tell from the tweets Reid and Ziering posted, the two actors are excited to begin working on Sharknado 2.
It's happening again #Sharknado2 so excited to be In this fun movie!
— Tara Reid (@TaraReid) January 30, 2014
— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) January 31, 2014
Despite being a made-for-TV movie, Sharknado was one of those movies that was so bad that it was good and had people talking for weeks. The movie was eventually released on Netflix. Sharknado’s cult-like following did not go unnoticed by the Syfy execs, hence the decision to film a sequel.
“Sharknado was an extraordinary ‘perfect storm’ which captured the attention of movie fans across the globe,” Syfy’s executive vice president Thomas Vitale said. “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.”
Sharknado 2 will have a lot to live up to to be as successful as the original. During the first broadcast of Sharknado, the movie was the most talked about TV event on Twitter. According to Twitter, the movie was mentioned more than 300,000 times during the broadcast, with a peak of 5,000 tweets per minute.
The original movie was distributed by The Asylum and the company will return for the sequel. The Asylum’s Paul Bales says he doesn’t know if Sharknado 2 will be as successful as the original, but he is hopeful. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring back the talent that made Sharknado a hit,” Bales said. “Can lightning strike twice? 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.”
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