"Sharknado" star Ian Ziering landed in a seriously tight spot last night -- forced to choose between backing his co-star Tara Reid ... and his own payday for the sequel.
Ian and his wife were walking out of Boa when we posed the question ... "Would you like to have Tara back on Sharknado 2?"
Boom! Rock and a hard place.
As we first reported ... producers have already decided they want Ian, back for the sequel -- but Tara's sitch is not yet a lock.
This was basically Ian's chance to loudly proclaim he'd love to have Tara back ... even though that might rock the boat with producers who haven't reached out to her yet.
So, what do you think he did? Yeah, he totally left her for shark bait.
In 'Sharknado' S**tstorm
7/29/2013 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tara Reid is coming back -- kinda sorta -- for the "Sharknado" sequel, according to producers, but it's not what they privately said less than a week ago ... TMZ has learned.
The honchos who made the shark flick had a big reaction to TMZ's story over the weekend, that Tara Reid won't be invited back for round 2. A rep for Asylum -- the production company -- tweeted, "@Tara Reid is awesome ... We'd be lucky to have her back for the sequel."
But we know there was a meeting last Wednesday in which Asylum exec David Latt talked about the sequel and zeroed in on the return of Ian Ziering -- and that's it. There's no script ... it's all conceptual, but the talk was all about Ian -- and NOT Tara. We're told the clear message was that she was out.
Latt now says if Tara doesn't do the flick it's because she's turned THEM down since the film has opened so many doors for her.
Don't get us wrong ... we really like Tara, and think she'd be fun in part 2.
From 'Sharknado' Sequel
7/28/2013 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tara Reid's days of hunting airborne rope-climbing freeway-dwelling sharks are OVER -- 'cause we know producers are drawing up their cast wish list for the "Sharknado" sequel ... and she ain't on it.
Sources connected to the production tell TMZ ... producers had a meeting this past week to discuss plans for the New York-based sequel -- and the only actor they want back for round 2 is Ian Ziering.
Of course, Ian slaughtered more sharks than anyone in the original -- killing fish from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills and even into THE VALLEY!!
Tara played Ian's estranged wife in the flick -- and survived the massive shark attack (even when the sharks broke into her HOUSE!!) -- but Sharknado 2 is not in her future.
As for Ian, sources say both he and Tara scored around $50k for Part 1. Ian should rake in a lot more for the sequel. And good news ... we're guessing he's available.
Sadly, Tara knows a thing or two about rejection in Hollywood -- just ask the bouncers at Hyde.
Sharks to Invade NYC
7/17/2013 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Look out Manhattan ... THE FLYING SHARKS ARE COMING TO THE EAST COAST!!!!!
Syfy has officially greenlit a sequel to "Sharknado" -- the Ian Ziering/Tara Reid flick about sharks invading Los Angeles -- only this time, the great whites will touch down in New York City.
One of the honchos at Syfy released a deliciously cheesy statement saying, "Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm – on television. The fans are clamoring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel."
"What we can guarantee is that Sharknado 2 will be lots of fun. We’ll be announcing more details very soon. But we didn’t want our fans to worry they wouldn’t get their fill of more shark fin, I mean, fun next year."
No word if Tara or Ian will be back for the sequel -- but both actors told TMZ they're 100% down to appear ... if they're asked.
TV Attack of
7/12/2013 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
I'm Down for a
7/12/2013 12:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The sharks BETTER THINK TWICE before getting back on the 405 freeway ... 'cause Tara Reid tells TMZ she's totally down for ANOTHER installment of "Sharknado."
Reid just called in to "TMZ Live" ... and told us she's blown away by all of the fanfare following last night's premiere of the SyFy flick.
"I'm just so glad that people saw the humor in it that I did ... because it's hilarious."
She adds, "This movie was so ridiculous, you know? Like it's almost so bad that it's good."
Tara says she's down to fight even more sharks if SyFy greenlights a sequel ... but it's clear, she's way more fired up about the Sharknado DRINKING GAME!"
Check out the clip ...
Derek Hough Refused to Watch
Because He Hates Awesome Things
7/12/2013 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It might have been the greatest television event of the year ... SHARKS climbing ropes, swimming down the 405, attacking helicopters and chasing Tara Reid up a flight of stairs ... but Derek Hough says he REFUSED to watch "Sharknado" last night.
Clearly, Hough was too closed-minded to see all of the awesomeness the made-for-SyFy movie had in store ... seriously, we counted 5 shark vs. man fatalities in the first 4 minutes.
In case you missed it ... the movie TOOK OVER Twitter last night ... with people begging for a sequel before the movie even ended.
Perhaps, "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof said it best ... writing, "I know it's only been 12 hours, but I'm not sure I'll ever be able to talk about anything non-Sharknado-related again."
People have already begun coming up with titles for the next installment ... here's a few we've thought up:
-- Psy-Clone: It's Raining South Korean Pop Stars
-- LouNami: Lou Rawls comes back to life to wreak havoc on the South Pacific
-- Heavy Rainn: Acid rain from a cloud that looks like Rainn Wilson melts San Diego
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