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episode 184: The Writer of Sharknado 1,2,3 and 4 Thunder Levin Dives Deep Into The Blockbuster Franchise


The story behind the story of the creative process of developing the blockbuster franchise: Sharknado. Writer of Sharknado 1,2,3 and 4, Thunder Levin gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of creating a phenomenon.


My guest, Thunder Levin and I discuss:

  • Thunder's path to becoming a writer/director
  • The art of pop-culture references in movies
  • Working for Roger Corman
  • Mutant Vampires from the Hood
  • AE: Apocalypse Earth
  • American Warships
  • Stories behind writing the original Sharknado, Sharknado 2: The Second One, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens
  • Almost killing and saving the Syfy Original Film Department
  • a 411 on Mockbusters
  • That time Sharknado went super viral on Twitter and social media's role in Sharknado's success story
  • Celebrity tweet support for the original Sharknado
  • Creating those amazing "Sharknado Moments"
  • Being rejected by William Shatner
  • The story behind Wil Wheaton's impact on the franchise and his cameo
  • The almost casting of Donald Trump
  • The brilliance of David Hasselhoff
  • The amazing Sharknado 4 promo that never happened
  • Scrapped plot lines
  • Stepping away from the franchise
  • Thunder's review of Sharknado 5 and 6
  • and much more!


You're going to love my conversation with Thunder Levin

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 2022-11-21  1h18m