SyFy announced today it’ll be producing a sequel to “Sharknado” set in New York, but that’s not the most exciting news of the day. The network known for the most bizarre original programming also announced a Twitter contest to come up with a subtitle for the film (e.g. “Sharknado 2: Electric Sharkaloo”).
That’s right. You, all your friends, and every stand-up comedian alive will soon be taking part in a name-off via Twitter to the joy of us all. Fans can tweet their suggestions to @SyFyMovies using the hashtag #Sharknado and Syfy will select the best (read: most ridiculous) as the subtitle for “Sharknado 2.”
While a social media challenge seems like a no-brainer, news of the sequel is somewhat surprising given the low ratings for the original movie. Indiewire noted this last week, and Variety reporter Rick Kissell recently reported a statistic to help put “Sharknado” into perspective.
After some exhaustive research, it’s been determined that Syfy movie SHARKNADO was the 976th most popular primetime program on TV last week.
— Rick Kissell (@RatesRick) July 16, 2013
Thomas Vitale, Syfy’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Original Movies, said they haven’t determined if “Sharknado 2” will be a sequel or a prequel. What is known is that the original’s production team, The Asylum, will be back for the follow-up. More details to come, but for now head over to Twitter and send in your best pitches for “Sharknado 2: Hannah and Her Sharks.”