Upcoming summer screen projects tout shark-themes
Sharks sell. And Hollywood knows it. Even in light of a spate of shark bites around the country, film studios and television networks shows no signs of parting ways with their shark obsession.
“Shark Week”: The Discovery Channel’s now-in-progress annual shark extravaganza will air 14 specials this year with horror director Eli Roth at the helm. Yet-to-premiere highlights include “Shark Clans” (10 p.m. Friday), about tagging and studying great whites off the coast of Australia; “Sharksanity 2” (9 p.m. Saturday), featuring “the greatest moments from Shark Week 2015”; and “Shark Island” (8 p.m. Sunday), about the most dangerous place in the world for shark attacks. Roth also hosts the “Shark After Dark” chat fest at 11 p.m. each night, and clips from the shows are available at discovery.com.
“Meg”: Roth will wade into another shark project later this year when he begins filming this shark thriller based on the bestselling novel. The story follows two men who band together to neutralize an ancient shark known as the megalodon threatening the China coast. Thank “Jurassic World” for pulling this one out of development limbo.
“Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!”: The third installment in Syfy’s wildly devoured and completely unnecessary trilogy airs 9 p.m. July 22. It will drop sharks down the East Coast from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Fla. It’s unclear if Wilmington is in the forecast. Expect cameos from David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer, Michele Bachmann, Penn and Teller, Kathie Lee Gifford and former Playboy Playmates.
“Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf”: Exactly what it sounds like. A shark/octopus combo fights a whale/wolf hybrid — mostly on land, for some reason. This Syfy original movie may be the most Syfy original movie there ever was. Premieres 9 p.m. July 19.
“In the Deep”: Sony’s jumping on the shark bandwagon with development of this project about a young woman trapped on a buoy 20 yards off an isolated beach with a great white circling her. The industry has been told to think “Gravity” in the ocean.