Sharknado 2: The Second One is an upcoming disaster B movie and a sequel to the 2013 film Sharknado.
Ian Ziering as Fin is slightly more convincing as a
chainsaw wielding shark killing machine, than a
mart mouth teenage student a Beverley Hills high.
Hollywood has a huge appetite of coming back for a second bite, usually with appalling results. Though some sequels do indeed become the foundation stones for long-lasting film and television franchises, the truth is many do not.
And Sharknado, while it may have made a lot of noise on social media, and somehow turned itself into the cinematic event of 2013 without ever (a) getting a first release in a cinema, or (b) being an actual event, will no doubt take its place in the history books as a piece of absurdist junk and not much more.
Even the trailer for Sharknado 2 can't quite manage to take itself too seriously, opening with one of those "in every generation there is a cinematic event"-type narrations, which quickly devolves into one-liners and utter, utter madness. It comes with celebrity cameos, terrible dialogue and one wry line: "They say lightning never strikes twice."
And let's be honest: all jokes aside, the cable channel SyFy , is asking for exactly that: a second strike of lightning after the first one hit, transforming what might have been a bit of D-list TV detritus into a bona fide phenomenon - albeit one which only really lives in the slightly cheaper version of the real world: social media.
Anthony C. Ferrante will be returning to direct and actors Tara Reid and Ian Ziering will reprise their roles from the first film. Also joining the cast are Vivica A. Fox, Kari Wuhrer, Kelly Osbourne, Benjy Bronk, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, and current Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and former WWE superstar Kurt Angle.
A freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites - and only Fin and April can save the Big Apple.
The film is scheduled for a release on July 30, 2014 on SyFy, which will air the telemovie in the US and on its Australian counterpart.