A New “Mega Shark” Film On the Way
J.J. Abrams’ mission when he released Cloverfield was to create America’s own version of the classic creature feature. Sure, America was responsible for King Kong and the films that followed, but rarely did Kong ever battle a fellow creature adversary. Closer to the point, Abrams was intent on creating a Godzilla-type monster, one in which you could build an entire franchise making the same film over and over, only changing the monster’s foe. Look at the Godzilla franchise. It works. However, it looks like Abrams overshot his mark.
The Asylum, a production company closely linked with the SyFy channel, is reportedly in the process of developing the third installment of the Mega Shark franchise. What started off as one film, Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus, quickly gained steam which led to a sequel. A long story cut short, the Mega Shark creature has not only done well in the U.S. but has dominated overseas markets.
I know some of you may be thinking one of a couple things: (1) What is Mega Shark? Or (2) How is this possible; those films are ridiculous! And both of these responses would be on-point. At their worst, the Mega Shark franchise, and SyFy films in general, are recycled ideas and wasted money. However, at their best, they’re the perfect lazy-Sunday-on-the-couch film. They are completely over the top, horrible CGI, and have a cast that makes the actors on Days of Our Lives look like Oscar nominated method actors.
There’s no release date for this new film, but it does speak volumes about what people want to watch these days. If you thought that we didn’t live in a postmodern uber-ironic culture, I think your argument is wholly invalid now.