Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) prepares to demolish his toothed nemesis in 'Sharknado 2: The Second One.'
Ian Ziering remembers watching as more than half million tweets turned last summer'sSharknado into an out-of-nowhere television cult hit. And on the eve of Sharknado 2: The Second One, the actor has a message for the social media site.
"I think the nerds over at Twitter better reinforce their hard drives because it almost broke them last time," he told Mashable with a laugh. “Get those servers backed up because a storm is coming … and it’s a huge Sharknado wave."
Certainly, the advice is warranted.
Last year, the preposterous, camp-filled Syfy flick generated more than 604,000 tweets in the 7 hours following the start of its first airing, according to Fizziology. As THR pointed out at the time, that was more than the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones.
"It was a complete surprise," Ziering said. "I didn’t think the movie would even see the light of day, to tell you the truth. It was really astonishing to me ... but it happened at the right time. We caught lightning in a bottle."
This year's Sharknado storm could prove to be even bigger. Sharknado 2: The Second One, which was greenlit by Syfy less than a week after the first premiered, has received more promotion than the first could have ever dreamed of. So far, that's included a week of dedicated programing on Syfy, a Comic-Con panel, and even a tie-in on kiddie network Sprout. There's a third movie coming, too.
Creatively, however, not much will be different, says Ziering. "There’s a certain sameness. You have to not mess with the formula too much."
What has changed? The location, for one. While the first saw a tornado of sharks hitting the west coast, this year the film is set in winter in New York City. It's a much bigger playground with many more celebrity cameos — Andy Dick, Billy Ray Cyrus and Today show duo Al Roker and Matt Lauer among them. "Everyone who brought bribe money got in and believe me, it all went to the budget," joked the 90210 alum.
The budget, to be clear, was still as low as one could go, but that's part of the charm, says Ziering. "It reads like a $100 million blockbuster. This movie is nonstop action-adventure [but] because it’s so low-budget, you don’t have hundreds of millions of dollars to throw at a visual effects shot. So it leads to gaps in some of the filmmaking that the audience has come to appreciate."
Tara Reid reprises her role in the sequel, while Vivica A. Fox, Kari Wuhrer and Mark McGrath join the cast.
"I think people expect it to be as deliciously bad as the first one — that’s the genre," Ziering says. "It’s sort of a no-lose situation. If it’s a good movie, great. If it’s a bad movie, it may even be more popular."
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