Just a few days after Lavalantula debuted on Syfy this weekend, the cable network has given the green light for a sequel, entitled 2 Lava 2 Lantula. The title is a reference to Universal Pictures' 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, but don't hold your breath for high-octane racing action in 2 Lava 2 Lantula. Syfy will release 2 Lava 2 Lantula as a 2016 summer movie, but no cast members or filmmakers have been confirmed quite yet.
Police Academy stars Steve Guttenberg, Leslie Easterbrook, Marion Ramsey and Michael Winslow reunited to star in Lavalantula, and the hope is to bring them all back. The story follows a "washed up 90s action hero actor" played by Steve Guttenberg, who joins forces with Leslie Easterbrook and Michael Winslow's characters to stop a monstrous swarm of bloodthirsty lava-breathing tarantulas who burn their victims alive. The supporting cast includes Nia Peeples, Danny Woodburn, Ralph Garman, Marion Ramsey, Jon Mack, D.J. Pierce and Patrick Renna. We'll have to wait and see if any of these actors return for the sequel.
Lavalantula drew in 1.4 million viewers during its Saturday night premiere on Syfy, which was launched as a part of Sharknado Week on the network. The third installment of that franchise, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, pulled in 2.8 million viewers. The ratings were down from Sharknado 2: The Second One's 3.9 million viewers last summer, but still enough to secure a green light for Sharknado 4. We reported last week that fans will actually get to vote on the fate of Tara Reid's character April Shephard.
With 2 Lava 2 Lantula moving forward, it will likely debut in the same week as Sharknado 4 next summer, possibly paving the way for another Sharknado Week extravaganza. Like Sharknado, Lavalantula is set in Los Angeles, but it remains to be seen if the sequel will stay in the City of Angels. Sharknado 2: The Second One moved the action to New York City, while Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! was set all along the East Coast. We'll have to wait and see if 2 Lava 2 Lantula will follow in the Sharknado franchise's footsteps.
Since the first movie featured four Police Academy stars, perhaps Syfy will bring in even more cast members from the 1984 comedy classic for this sequel. Kim Cattrall, G.W. Bailey and Bobcat Goldthwait still work regularly in movies and TV, so perhaps they could be persuaded to join their former co-stars for 2 Lava 2 Lantula. Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider) directed the first Lavalantula, so we'll have to wait and see if he will return for this upcoming movie sequel. What do you think about 2 Lava 2 Lantula moving forward?