‘Sharknado’ writer thought he was supposed to write about sharks and NATO

Sharknado PosterThe internet has spoken and given “Sharknado,” Syfy’s campy shark/hurricane/tornado thriller, an A for awesomeness. (Though there were plenty of awful special effects.) In the journalism world, every angle has been explored–the local angle, the celebrity angle, the could-this-really-happen-to-Tara-Reid? angle.

Yeas & Nays scoured the internet to find for you, dear readers, some of the most interesting, and politically-relevant, tidbits about “Sharknado:”

1. The writer had a brief misunderstanding about the title

Talking to i09, screenwriter Thunder Levin (yes, that’s really his name) talked about the back and forth he had with the production company Asylum about the concept of the film. At first, Asylum had asked Levin to pitch ideas for a movie that would be called “Shark Storm.”

“I asked if this would be a straight up movie about sharks attacking during a storm or a crazy storm made up of sharks,” Levin explained.“They said it would be straight, so I declined, feeling like we’d seen enough shark movies and enough storm movies.”

But that wasn’t the end of the conversation.

“A month later they came back to me and said they really wanted me to write a movie called ‘Sharknato’ (at least that’s what I thought they said) and I asked what sharks had to do with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization? I was suddenly seeing the army battling sharks invading Europe… But they said ‘No, Sharknado!’” Levin continued. “They gave me about half a page of notes which I read and replied ‘This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read… I’M IN!’”

2. “Sharknado” is a bipartisan treat

Over at Bloomberg Businessweek, Joshua Green tried to make sense of the kumbaya moment that Democrats and Republicans were having online over “Sharknado.” He called it “B-movie bipartisanship.” Looking at the demographics, it turns out that Syfy is split right down the middle when it comes to its viewers’ political affiliations.

“So the good news is that it turns out Washington *is* still capable of coming together and agreeing on something,” Green wrote. “The bad news is that that ‘something’ (spoiler alert) is a crappy movie filled with CGI sharks whose pivotal moment involves former ‘Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering chain-sawing himself out of a Great White that has gobbled him up.”

3. “Sharknado” exposes problematic political realities

While Washington can come together in praise of “Sharknado” as a piece of cinematic magic, Buzzfeed’s Benny Johnson reminds everyone that there are some big, partisan issues that poke out during the film. Just think, the whole “Sharknado” was caused by global warming and guns come in handy to fend off the sharks. In addition, “there is no Obamacare coverage for pre-existing Sharknado injuries.”

Finally, Johnson tries to tie the news that Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano is leaving her post to take over the California University system to the “Sharknado.” “The ‘Sharknado,’ of course, was disastrous for the California coast,” Johnson pointed out. Ummm…hmmm. “Sharknado” truthers? You heard it here first.

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