Get Ready For It: ‘Sharknado 5’ Is Coming

By February 6, 2017
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Even though it seems obvious that the Sharknado franchise is a waning one, Syfy is not letting its foot off the gas pedal for a second as it orders a fifth television film in the series.

Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are back for Sharknado 5, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as well as a slightly larger budget that will take the production to places like the United Kingdom, Bulgaria and Australia.

With much of North America lying in ruins, the rest of the world braces for the inevitable – a global sharknado. Fin Shepard (Ziering) and his family must put a stop to this disaster before Earth is completely obliterated.

The Sharknado franchise is a product of Syfy’s Saturday B-movie lineup, which has generated solid viewership and revenue over the years. The cable channel’s approach is similar to what Michael Bay did with Armageddon in the late 1990s – pick up an eye-catching name, and then create some film around it.

That has allowed Syfy to bring in some of the most eye-catching B-movie names it could create. Like Big Ass Spider or Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda and, of course, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.

Sharknado, which premiered on Syfy in 2013, found a way to go viral. Not only did it attract 1.4 million viewers, but it was one of the most talked about things on Twitter and Facebook that weekend, whether people were actually watching it or not.

It was written by Thunder Levin, whose previous credits were little-known properties like Mutant Vampire Zombies From the ‘Hood and AE: Apocalypse Earth. Anthony C. Ferrante served as his director, probably best known for his special effects work on films like The Dentist in 1996 with Corbin Bernsen.

Syfy has worked to take advantage of the social media excitement over Sharknado as it it could, pumping out a movie each year in the franchise.

Those include Sharknado 2: The Second One in 2014, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No in 2015, and last year’s Sharknado 4: The Fourth Awakens.

Never taking itself too seriously, this year’s installment is known as Sharknado 5 … Earth 0.

You won’t have to wait long to see it. Although Syfy just officially announced the movie’s greenlight, filming began last week in Bulgaria.

And who said America doesn’t have great exports?

Syfy hasn’t said when Sharknado 5 will premiere, but it will likely take over the cable channel this summer.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.