Sharknado, the low-budget "mockbuster" movie about a tornado which sucks sharks out of the ocean and splashes them onto the streets of Los Angeles, is to get a sequel.
It was inevitable in some respects: Sharknado, a cheap as chips TV movie shot for only $US1.5 million, has generated more media noise in the space of a week than the entire US summer blockbuster movie slate.
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Even the creator of Sharknado is surprised by the popularity of the 'mockbuster'.
The cable channel SyFy, which produced the film, has confirmed Sharknado 2 is coming in 2014. It will be set in New York City.
"Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm on television," SyFy's programming boss Thomas Vitale said.
"The fans are clamouring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel. What we can guarantee is that Sharknado 2 will be lots of fun."
The channel is asking fans of the film to christen the sequel with a subtitle. Suggestions should be tweeted to the @SyFyMovies account using the #Sharknado hashtag.
"We'll be announcing more details very soon," Vitale said.
Sharknado, a ‘‘mockbuster’’ horror film about a tornado sweeping up man-eating sharks and dumping them on Los Angeles stars Beverly Hills 90210 actor turned Chippendales dancer Ian Ziering.
It also stars Australian actor Jaason Simmons.
The channel has another shark-themed "mockbuster" planned for August, the low-budget horror Ghost Shark.
News of the sequel was a pleasant surprise for for David Latte, whose aptly-named production company The Asylum produced the film, although he happily admits the word ‘‘surprise’’ is key here when discussing the film’s success.
‘You know ... I’ll tell you how surprised I am, I don’t even understand this now, days after the release,’’ Latte told Fairfax Media.
Sharknado 2 will be more fun, more outrageous, it’s going to be better than ever ... but honestly we have no idea what it’ll be aside from bigger, better, faster, stronger and more outrageous than the first. It has to be!
‘‘The day after (Sharknado’s July 11 premiere) I was like: ‘What is the story here? Why is everyone insterested?’ I’m banging my head against the wall going ‘Why? This is a film we’ve made 100 times - literally 100 times before - it’s a good film, it’s a fun film, but the energy behind it is beyond me. We’re along for the ride as much as everyone else is and have no idea where this is going to stop.’’
Sharknado exploded onto the world consciousness last week when a series of high-profile Twitter users watching the show started live-tweeting the surreal action scene.
The Shield star Michael Chiklis applauded the absurd nature of the film, Lost creator Damon Lindeloff volunteered to write the sequel, and #Sharknado trended worldwide and for hours.
It wasn’t a huge ratings success, but the attention was more than enough for it to be rushed into Australian schedules (it is at this stage scheduled to air Monday September 9 at 8.30pm on Foxtel’s Universal Channel, but may be moved forward to meet viewer demand) and spark speculation of a sequel.
With that now confirmed, the big question for Latte is what storyline can possibly top the original?
‘‘We’ve really got to be on our game,’’ he said.
‘‘I was driving to work this morning thinking what can top this? But I know we can. [Sharknado 2] will be more fun, more outrageous, it’s going to be better than ever ... but honestly we have no idea what it’ll be aside from bigger, better, faster, stronger and more outrageous than the first. It has to be!’’