The Sharks Are Coming (Again)! “Sharknado 5” Gets Greenlight

Variety shares the news that Syfy Network’s “Sharknado” franchise will have a fifth installment this summer. And yes, action hero Ian Ziering will be back as the intrepid shark-slayer, “Finn Shepard.”

The original 2013 “Sharknado” introduced the concept of a shark-laden twister via one bearing down on Los Angeles.

In “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” New York City was the target of the disaster, and in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” a mega-sharknado made its way down the East Coast from Washington, D.C. to Florida.

In the most recent installment, the very-close-to-copyright-infringement-titled “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens,” the shark-infested storms went national. The film ended with the Eiffel Tower ripping away from Paris and crashing down on Niagara Falls, setting the stage for the fifth edition of America’s answer to the sprawling sagas of the ancient world.

In “Sharknado 5,” with much of North America lying in ruins, the rest of the world braces for a global sharknado. Fin Shepard (Ziering) and his family must put a stop to this disaster before Earth is obliterated.

“Sharknado 5” is a working title, to be clear; Syfy and Asylum have some time to come up with a truly clever main or subtitle, like “Sharknado 5: Finternational Waters” or “Sharknado: Dinner for 5.”

As silly as they are, I really enjoy these guilty-pleasure TV movies. So over the top.

And Ziering’s dead-on approach as “Finn Shepard” makes it abundantly clear that he’s completely in on the joke. With each entry in the series, the jokes get more and more outrageous. And I love it.