NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Flying sharks are headed for New York City.
The Syfy network’s “Sharknado 2: The Second One” will take a bite out of the Big Apple on July 30.
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid make a return in Syfy’s sequel to the campy classic that aired last summer and attracted nearly 1.37 million viewers.
Ziering and Reid are joined by Vivica A. Fox and Mark McGrath, along with Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch and Perez Hilton. Matt Lauer and Al Roker of “Today” and Robert Klein make cameo appearances.
The sequel moves the mayhem from Los Angeles to New York City, where a freak weather system unleashes sharks on the populace and famous sites, including Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
Friedlander was a fan of the original movie and approached the network directly to land a role in the sequel.
“This to me is the most important film ever made about climate change,” he said jokingly, noting that it features “some of the top shark actors in the world.”
The original “Sharknado” garnered social media attention of epic proportions. The film was a trending topic on Twitter, generating nearly 5,000 tweets per minute at its peak.
“It’s unpretentious, it’s fun and you can turn it on at any point and instantly be entertained,” Friedlander said. “It’s very communal even though people aren’t watching at a theater.”
The film was shot over the same 18-day schedule as the original, with a slightly larger budget. It features more than 500 visual effects shots.
“We’re trying to perfect the tornado on this one even more because we’re trying to make it a character,” director Anthony Ferrante said.
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