Syfy Sets ‘Zombie Tidal Wave’ With ‘Sharknado’ Star Ian Ziering

Film planned as first in a new Syfy film franchise

Ian Ziering is returning to Syfy, but don’t worry, it’s not another “Sharknado” film.

The cable network, home to all six of Ziering — and Tara Reid’s — “Sharknado” films, will premiere a new film starring and produced by Ziering: “Zombie Tidal Wave.” The feature is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, who helmed the “Sharknado” films and stars Ziering as Hunter Shaw a “rogue, veteran sailor” who “contends with the ocean-borne outbreak which threatens his seaside island community.”

The film is first under the production deal between Ziering’s I.Man Productions and Darby Parker’s Stronghold Entertainment.

Shot on location in Krabi, Thailand in collaboration with Benetone Films, the film was financed by Piguant Pictures and The Wonderfilm Media Corporation. Wonderfilm’s Kirk Shaw and Imprint Entertainment’s Michael Becker also serve as producers on the film.

“‘Zombie Tidal Wave’ offered the opportunity to see my original concept through to release, it is incredibly satisfying to be a creator and work in all facets of the process beyond my contributions as an actor,” Ziering said. “Darby and I want to continue to curate more projects together in this hands-on manner, and I can’t wait to bring more of my acting and directing peers, and new production partners, along with us.”

The film will air as part of Syfy’s “Off the Deep End” weekend on Aug. 17 and 18, which also includes all six “Sharknado” films and a slew of other shark-themed movies like “Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda” and “Dam Sharks.”