Sometimes certain stars have all of the power in a movie franchise. For example, Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark contract ended after Iron Man 3. Due to the Stark character having been made to be so much like RDJ, the ball was firmly in the actors court when it came to negotiating a Stark return for Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. Now comes word Sharknado’s Ian Ziering is having similar issues.
Playing the lead of Fin (geddit?) in both Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One, Ziering is apparently after more cash to return for the already-confirmed Sharknado 3. NY Daily News reports that the series’ star is haggling for some extra dollar, but that The Asylum, who produce the movies for SyFy, are holding firm. They claim to have a source close to the studio, who says, “They’ll replace him, they’ll replace Tara Reid. They’re not essential to the story. No one is. The sharks are graphics, and everyone else is replaceable.”
Replacing Tara Reid?!?! Surely not! Of course, I jest – she was absolute horseshit in both films. In fairness to Ziering, he was actually decent in the first film. Sadly, for the second movie it felt as if everyone has dropped their performance to Reid’s level.
From what I’ve read online, Ziering reportedly got $400,000 for the first Sharknado. I’m not sure on his take home for the sequel, although viewing-wise Sharknado 2: The Second One was watched by nearly three times as many people as the first movie, with just shy of 4 million people tuning in to watch its premiere.
Whether Ziering returns or not, Sharknado 3 is already confirmed to hit the small screen next year. In the meantime, be sure to check out my Sharknado 2: The Second One review here.