Interview –?Sharks, tornadoes and chainsaws

2014-07-31 18:45

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With the sequel of the first sharks-in-tornadoes movie hitting our TV screens soon, Grethe Koen asks Sharknado 2 screenwriter Thunder Levin what he would do if he was caught in a Sharknado

In the first Sharknado, we saw Tara Reid and Jaason Simmons caught in a crazy storm of tornadoes and sharks. This could very well have been the height of Reid’s career.

You might have thought the world could only handle one of these movies. But no, Sharknado is back and this time these man-eating fish are raining down on New York City with Vivica A Fox caught in the storm. We ask the writer how this magnificent creation was born.

How did you come up with the material for the Sharknado franchise?

Well, Sharknado started off as a joke. The Asylum, the movie company that makes movies for the Syfy channel, asked me to pitch material for a movie called Sharkstorm.

I asked them whether it would be sharks in a storm or an actual storm made out of sharks?–?a sharknado. Later they came back and pitched the idea for Sharknado. It was so ridiculous and over the top that I had to go for it.

What is in store for Sharknado 2?

The sharks are hitting New York City and people are going to be facing tougher sharknadoes than ever before. I thought about subways and thousands of people hurrying about in New York and figured it would be a perfect place for another shark attack.

There are also iconic landmarks?–?the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building?–?ripe for movie destruction.

How did Vivica A Fox land in the production?

The first movie turned out to be very successful with a lot of social media action. Celebrities were tweeting about it. I wasn’t involved in the casting process, but Vivica was approached and she agreed to get involved.

So why are the sharks only attacking the US. When will the sharknado hit South Africa?

[Laughs] Well, that’s a good question. What I can tell you is that I would love to do a movie where it’s pretty much a global sharknado apocalypse.

I love that idea. So what would you do if you were ever caught in a sharknado?

Well, I can say that I’d definitely hope I have a chainsaw.

Do you have any other crazy movie ideas brewing in your head?

I can tell you that there is a third Sharknado movie planned, but no details have been discussed. Right now, I’m working on a TV series called Dive and a dark thriller called An Ordinary Hero.

»?Catch Sharknado 2: The Second One, on the Studio Universal channel, July 31, at 4am

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