Up­com­ing sum­mer screen projects tout shark-themes

The Progress-Index - At Home - - ON THE SCREEN - By Hunter In­gram

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.

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