Syfy is the home of a wide variety of monster movies filled with varying degrees of camp, and the network can boast classics like Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Piranhaconda, and Frankenfish. The most successful campy movie to come out of Syfy, however, has to be Sharknado back in 2013, which first introduced audiences to the concept of tornadoes filled with sharks. The movie spawned a franchise currently comprised of four movies, and a fifth is in the works. The description of Sharknado 5 has been released, and now we have to wonder: could Sharknado 5 be the end of the franchise?
Sharknado 5 will pit Fin Shepard and April Wexler against sharks once again, but on an even larger scale than they've ever faced before. Humanity is facing a "global shark takeover," and it's up to Fin and April to save the world from the windstorms filled with sharks.
On the one hand, the description for Sharknado 5 pretty much sounds like a description for one of the previous Sharknado films, simply with a few nouns switched out. On the other hand, however, we have to consider the fact that the Sharknado franchise tackling a global takeover may mean that Syfy is wrapping things up on the shark-filled tornado front. After all, Fin has already battled sharks along an entire coast, in huge U.S. cities, and outer space. Where could they possibly go next?
We may know more once Syfy releases the official title for the fifth movie. Sharknado 5 is only a working title at this point. We've had The Second One, Oh Hell No!, and The 4th Awakens for the last three movies. Could the next movie be The Last One? We found out the fourth movie's title around this time last year; hopefully we'll find out the fifth's sooner rather than later. Syfy has confirmed that Sharknado 5 will hit the airwaves on Sunday, August 6 at 8 p.m. ET, which is slightly slater than The 4th Awakens last year, which could be why we don't yet know the official name.
We do know three of the actors who will be back for Sharknado 5, though, so that's at least something. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will be back, naturally, and they'll be joined Cassie Scerbo, who had a memorable role in the first Sharknado movie. Her character was swallowed by a shark and seemingly gone for good, but she made it out alive. Filming for Sharknado 5 began earlier this year in a number of different places, including Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Only time will tell if Sharknado 5 is truly the last of the franchise. I wouldn't be surprised if Syfy continued to bring new installments back every now and then, but one new movie every year might be a bit much for everybody involved. We'll have to wait and see.
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