Syfy's irony-driven telefilm franchise is set to continue today as AdWeek reports that plans are underway for a third Sharknado film to debut in 2015. The news comes a full three months before the premiere date of Sharknado 2: The Second One, which airs on Syfy July 30.
In the first sequel, 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 (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) can save the Big Apple.
Sharknado 2: The Second One also stars Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch and Mark McGrath.
Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, July 22 at 9/8c.
In addition, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! will wreak havoc on all Syfy channels around the world – 86 countries in all, including the UK, Australia and across Europe, Asia and Latin America – when it premieres in international primetime within 24 hours of the United States debut.
Said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Program Strategy, Syfy: “We wanted this third title to boldly go where no shark movie has gone before. ‘Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!’ embraces the larger-than-life irreverence that has made these movies so popular and entertaining.”
Said David Michael Latt, Producer, The Asylum: “The sharks and tornadoes get all the glory, but we would like to thank our long-time marketing guru Mike DiGrazia who first suggested ‘Oh hell no!’ A dedicated fan of the genre, Mike created the tag lines for 1 and 2 – ‘Enough Said!’ and ‘Shark Happens’ – as well as the ‘Sharknado’ posters, including the original, which was a viral sensation on its own.”
Sharknado 3 will cause mass destruction in Washington, D.C. before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida, and stars Ian Ziering as Fin, Tara Reid as April and Cassie Scerbo as Nova. Joining them will be David Hasselhoff as Fin’s father, Gil; Bo Derek will play April’s mother, May; Ryan Newman will play April and Fin’s daughter, Claudia Shepard, and Jack Griffo will portray Claudia’s friend, Billy.
Additional cameo roles include Mark Cuban as the President of the United States; Ann Coulter as the Vice President; Michele Bachmann as herself; Jerry Springer as Mr. White, a manic tourist; Washington Redskins tackle Tom Compton as a reporter; *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard, and Chris Jericho, who will portray Bruce the roller coaster ride operator.
Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct, based on an original screenplay by Thunder Levin. Sharknado 3 is a production of The Asylum.
When it aired last July 30, Sharknado 2: The Second One became Syfy’s most-watched original movie ever.
Actor Frankie Muniz, entertainers Penn & Teller, multi-Grammy winner Ne-Yo, NASCAR drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, author Jackie Collins, actor Lou Ferrigno and former “MythBusters” host Grant Imahara will join the star-studded cast of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! when the sequel premieres on Syfy on Wednesday, July 22 at 9PM (ET/PT). The third installment in the “Sharknado” franchise will also premiere on Syfy in 87 countries within 24 hours of the US premiere.
Ian Ziering (Fin), Tara Reid (April) and Cassie Scerbo (Nova) star in Sharknado 3, which will cause mass destruction in Washington, DC, then roar down the Eastern Seaboard before the final confrontation in Orlando, Florida.
Joining them will be David Hasselhoff (Fin’s father, Gil); Bo Derek (April’s mother, May) and Nickelodeon stars Ryan Newman (April and Fin’s daughter, Claudia Shepard) and Jack Griffo (Claudia’s friend, Billy).
Among the newly-announced cameos, Frankie Muniz plays Nova’s friend, mechanic Lucas Stevens, while Penn Jillette and Teller, respectively, are retired NASA Lieutenant Colonel Stylo and Major Caissier. Playing Secret Service agents are Ne-Yo (Agent Deveroux), Lou Ferrigno (Agent Banner) and Grant Imahara (Agent Lodge), and Jackie Collins, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano appear as themselves.
They join previously revealed cameos, including:
- Mark Cuban (President of the United States) - Ann Coulter (Vice President of the United States) - WWE Superstar Chris Jericho (ride attendant Bruce) - Jerry Springer (tourist) - Jedward (tourists) - Ray J (NASA tech Tom Major) - Michele Bachmann as herself - “Today’s” Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb as themselves - NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick (lifeguard) - Shahs of Sunset star Reza Farahan (Capitol Park policeman) - Comcast SportsNet’s Brian Mitchell (NASA tech) - Anthony Weiner (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration director) - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards (Universal Orlando Resort VIP Guide) - Former The Girls Next Door stars Holly Madison (military sergeant) and Kendra Wilkinson (waitress) - Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (NASA tech) and offensive tackle Tom Compton (reporter) - ESPN’s Michelle Beadle (Special Agent Argyle), Marcellus Wiley (Army Specialist Iverson) and Max Kellerman (Army Sergeant Joseph)
Anthony C. Ferrante once again directs and The Asylum is producing. Sharknado 3 is based on an original screenplay by Thunder Levin.