Fans of the purposely ridiculous, feast your eyes: The third installment in the “Sharknado” franchise will officially be titled “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” and debut Wednesday, July 22 on Syfy at 9 p.m. ET.
“We wanted this third title to boldly go where no shark movie has gone before,” said Chris Regina, senior vice president of program strategy at Syfy. “‘Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!’ embraces the larger-than-life irreverence that has made these movies so popular and entertaining.”
Added David Michael Latt, producer at 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.”
The two-hour original movie will run in 86 countries within 24 hours of its U.S. debut.
“Sharknado 3” will start in Washington, D.C. before tearing down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida. The TV movie stars Ian Ziering as Fin, Tara Reid as April and Cassie Scerbo as Nova. Joining them are David Hasselhoff as Fin’s father, Gil; Bo Derek, playing April’s mother, May; Ryan Newman as April and Fin’s daughter, Claudia Shepard; and Jack Griffo, portraying 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 member 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 the campy movie, 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.
“Sharknado 3” has been plagued by a strike by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and bad blood between the labor union and The Asylum.
Last week, the IATSE accused Asylum COO Paul Bales of spreading “lies” and “anti-union screed.”
Bales said dealing with the local union in New York on “Sharknado 2” was “the worst experience we’ve had in making over 200 movies.”
Prior to those jabs, the workers on both coasts walked off the job.