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Syfy Greenlights 'Sharknado' Sequel

Follow-up To Social Media Hit to Premiere in 2014 7/17/2013 7:57 AM Eastern
 

After the July 11 premiere of Syfy movie Sharknado set off a social media -- if not necesarily a Nielsen -- frenzy, the network has greenlit a follow-up to premiere in 2014.

Sharknado 2 (working title) will see the flying sharks attack New York City and will again be produced by The Asylum. Syfy will also tap into the movie's interest on Twitter, announcing a contest to help pick a subtitle for the sequel; fans will be able to tweet their submission to @SyfyMovies using #Sharknado.

"Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm - on television. The fans are clamoring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel. What we can guarantee is that Sharknado 2 will be lots of fun," said Thomas Vitale, executive VP of programming and original movies at Syfy. "We'll be announcing more details very soon. But we didn't want our fans to worry they wouldn't get their fill of more shark fin, I mean, fun next year."

Sharknado drew 1.4 million total viewers in its premiere and was Syfy's most social telecast ever, driving 387,000 social mentions. The network is scheduled to encore the telefilm July 18.

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