In a bit of early holiday gift-giving, Bloody Disgusting reports that a Sharktopus remake is officially on the way. That’s right – the remake you never knew you needed (and possibly didn’t want) is coming back just a little over a decade since the first blended amphibious monster made its way onto screens. In a recently released trailer, the sea creature is back and bigger and angrier than ever.
Of all movies, Sharktopus is getting a Chinese remake next year.
Terror boards a sea vessel in the trailer for the Sharktopus remake as viewers meet a doomed crew who make a gruesome discovery. While the scientists and researchers who call the boat home try to contain the monstrous creature, the teaser shows that there’s no holding back the monster, known only as Sharktopus, as its long tentacles threaten to tear the boat apart. Guns are no match for this aquatic beast as it’s bigger, more powerful, and even smarter than its human enemies.
While the teaser boasts that no one will survive Sharktopus’ vengeance, we’re willing to wager that one of the characters, who seems to be rather trained in martial arts and, specifically, dodging octopus tentacles, might make it to safety. Still, with every tentacle sliced off, there are plenty more where that came from, not to mention the monster’s razor-sharp teeth, which, obviously, can snatch a human out of the air. There’s also the sheer mass of Sharktopus, which could very easily flop on the boat and wipe everyone out – but where’s the fun in that?
The Sharktopus Chinese remake will include subtitles for its English-speaking audience and doesn’t yet have a release date for overseas audiences.
The original Sharktopus arrived on SYFY back in 2010 and introduced the world to the hybrid creature it didn’t know it needed to fear. An immediate hit with the sci-fi horror community and those who love a good B monster movie flick, Roger Corman’s film would spawn a franchise. Following the original whale tale was 2014’s Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda and 2015’s Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf – proving that we love nothing more than a battle royale of absurd mash-up creatures.
While many fans of over-the-top monster flicks packed with B-list talent will credit the Sharknado franchise as being the one that started it all, they should know that Sharktopus treaded water so Sharknado could soar through the sky.
The Sharktopus Chinese remake will include subtitles for its English-speaking audience and doesn’t yet have a release date for overseas audiences. The movie is directed by Xu Shi-Xing and Hu Dong-Sheng, and stars Michelle Ye, Lemon Li, Chen Wen-Jun, and Luo Li-Qun and is expected to swim to the surface by the end of the year.
While many fans of over-the-top monster flicks packed with B-list talent will credit the Sharknado franchise as being the one that started it all, they should know that Sharktopus treaded water so Sharknado could soar through the sky. However, since the original Tara Reid-led 2013 film, the Sharknado franchise has continued to deliver big kills and even bigger over a six-film installment. Tara Reid is just the beginning of celebrities involved in the Sharknado films, including David Hasselhoff, Dolph Lundgren, and Vivica A. Fox has also taken on roles throughout the years.
Bringing the story of Sharktopus back to sci-fi fans with this new remake seems like a good move on the part of the production company. Wherever there is a campy disaster film about a two-in-one beast, audiences will come running. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the magnificent return of Sharktopus.