With the popularity of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, the annual programming event that has aired every summer since 1987, Syfy Network launched their own, similarly titled version in 2012. Now in the third year of the rival edition, Syfy’s centerpiece is the highly anticipated Sharknado 2: The Second One, which premieres next Wednesday, July 30th, at 9/8c.
The original Sharknado aired on Syfy last July to surprisingly positive reviews. The initial broadcast drew 1.7 million viewers and over 5,000 tweets per minute from engrossed fans. With all the social media buzz, writer Thunder Levin was eager to make a second film for Shark Week 2014. In this edition, Levin, a native New Yorker, moved the terrifying storm to the Big Apple. Levin hopes to attract the same attention to the latest installment, saying “I think we’ve recaptured all the fun and ridiculousness of the first one. I think people who liked the first one will like the second one just as much. I’d like to think it’s bigger and better.”
Sharknado 2: The Second One has already drawn the same fanfare as the first Syfy original movie, as crew members claimed they literally had to push paparazzi and fans off the set last winter in order to get the movie wrapped on time and within their $2 million budget. For anxious fans, the wait is almost over as Syfy’s Shark Week kicks off this Saturday—two weeks earlier than the Discovery Channel—with Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, an original movie about a real shark fighting an identically sized and equally powerful mechanical shark. The following Wednesday at 9/8c, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, it’s world premiere of Sharknado 2.
In the meantime, watch the trailer here: