Back on January 3rd, I posted this Mogul Tip: Make More Movies With Sharks after the straight-to-video pic Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus finished No. 8 on Yahoo's Top 10 most viewed trailers of 2009. Now the Internet is all atwitter because Karen O'Hara, the director of original movies at Syfy, has announced via Twitter a greenlight for the long gestating Sharktopus!. Legendary director Roger Corman is a natural for the project because he's already given us Supergator, Dinocroc, and Dinoshark. If only Peter Benchley were still alive. Above is graphic artist Matt Leach's rendition of what the creature feature might look like.
From a development perspective, this is where the story gets interesting.
Seems O'Hara is tweeting the greenlight announcement AFTER asking her twitter audience what they would like to see in a movie named SHARKTOPUS.
Now we know this sort of thing has happened before with SNAKES ON A PLANE...
But those were re-shoots and editing decisions on a movie that was already shot. SHARKTOPUS hasn't gone to script yet!
Ms. O'Hara we tip our pulp chapeau to you... not only for getting the pulp movie formula correct (audience response to the concept first, then movie) but also for bringing Mr. Corman and crew to your channel.
(And FYI , I happen to know someone who has a movie that would be perfect for your channel. The story features rapidly evolving mutant, killer [REDACTED] attacking a group of [REDACTED] at a [REDACTED].