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The news that you expected pretty much the moment Mia Farrow tweeted about a dumb SyFy movie has finally happened. According to The Hollywood Reporter SyFy has green lit a sequel to Sharknado, the original movie that aired last Thursday and turned into a Twitter phenomenon, with Farrow joined by thousands of comedians, celebrities, and otherwise befuddled people who couldn't quite believe the Sharknado madness they were witnessing onscreen.
Of course, the ratings proved that there weren't nearly as many people watching Sharknado as Twitter made it seem--it didn't even have as many viewers as other SyFy originals like Dinocroc vs. Supergator-- but the hype that Sharknado got is apparently even more valuable than actual ratings. The sequel is currently being called Sharknado 2, but SyFy wants to harness the power of Twitter yet again to build up the hype for the sequel. On their own Twitter feed they're asking fans to submit their own subtitles for the sequel, and promising the best one will actually be used. They also included some super-rudimentary Photoshopping that seems to confirm that the sequel will be headed to New York:
In case you thought that SyFy wasn't in on the joke, here's what the network's Executive Vice President of Programming and Original Movies Thomas Vitale had to say in the official announcement:
"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. 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."
If you missed the fun last Thursday, Sharknado will be re-airing on SyFy tomorrow, as a lead-in to the Frankie Muniz sure-to-be-classic Blast Vegas. Catch up on the movie tomorrow, and then join us as we figure out just what Sharknado 2: The Sharkening (that's the titel we're going with for now) should have in store. Here's the trailer for the original to jog your memory.