Image Credit: Valerie Taylor/Ardea/Retna Ltd; Pat Morris/Retna LtdHere at EW Towers, we’ve become obsessed with the Syfy Channel’s hugely enjoyable, and increasingly insane, series of original monster movies. We’ve laughed ourselves stupid at Dinocroc, chuckled ourselves brainless at Mega Piranha, and just last week had to change our collective underwear after guffawing ourselves into incontinence at the news that Tiffany and Debbie Gibson are set to star in the forthcoming Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. (For more on the thinking — if that’s the right word — behind the channel’s movies, check out my colleague Chris Nashawaty’s News & Notes article about SyFy in the current issue of EW.)
Another new SyFy movie very much on our radar is the fairly self-explanatory Sharktopus. I recently spoke to legendary producer Roger Corman, who is overseeing this latest epic, and the great man revealed that he was initially not keen on the idea of Sharktopus, which stars Eric Roberts as a scientist who develops a hybrid shark/octopus that can be controlled by electrical implants. “I had done Dinocroc and Dinoshark for the SyFy channel, and they both did extremely well in the ratings,” Corman said. “They called me and said they had a title called Sharktopus, would I make it? I said, ‘Well, I’m not enthusiastic about that title.’ My theory is, you can go up to a certain level of insanity, and the audience is with you. And Dinocroc and Dinoshark are within that level. But in my opinion, Sharktopus goes beyond that feeling, and the audience turns and says, ‘Who wants to see this?’ Shows I was wrong. I finally agreed to make it, and it’s gotten more publicity than any picture from the SyFy Channel in many years. So I guess we’re off and running again!”
Syfy says they’re looking to debut the movie later this year. Are you as psyched for Sharktopus as we are? Of course not. That would be impossible! But drop us a line with your thoughts anyway. Are you Team Mega Python? Or Team Gatoroid? And, yes, that was me
Update: We’ve just been emailed by the publicist for Mega Python vs. Gatoroid who says that you—that’s right, you!—have the chance to be in the film, if you live in the Los Angeles area, and don’t have anything better to do tonight (which you don’t!). The production is shooting a party scene tonight (“where alligators and pythons attack!”) at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden and there is an open casting call. You won’t be paid for appearing in the film, but you will receive a priceless gift—an on-screen credit Mega Python vs. Gatoroid!
According to the email, you should, “arrive in cocktail attire, no jeans as this is an elegant party scene. However, don’t wear anything you would mind being eaten by an alligator or strangled by a python.” You should probably assume the latter warning is not a joke.