Syfy is hoping to recapture the magic of the attention-grabbing "Sharknado," which became a cult sensation in 2013. To that end, the cable channel has lined up the two top stars of the original — Tara Reid and Ian Ziering — for "Sharknado 2: The Second One," The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
The sequel, set in New York, is due to premiere in July, with Ziering and Reid again playing Fin and April.
"Anthony Ferrante will also return to direct the sequel from a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also penned the 2013 original telepic that made a splash on social media," THR reports. "In ‘Sharknado 2,’ a freak weather system turns deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a ‘sharknado’ on the population and its most iconic sites, with Fin and April the only ones able to save the city."
Said Thomas Vitale, Syfy executive VP, programming and original movies: “’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."
Production is set to start Feb. 13 in New York.