Tara Reid has denied reports that she would not be asked back by producers to participate in the SyFy sequel to its original film, splash hit Sharknado.

TMZ reported on Sunday that producers met to discuss the yet-untitled and unwritten sequel, and cited sources saying that the only actor they planed on inviting back was star Ian Ziering. Ziering played sharknado fighting Fin Shepard, with Reid playing the role of his estranged wife, April Wexler.

After the reports surfaced, Reid and producers of Sharknado were quick to deny them. Reid took to Twitter, labeling the press as ‘liars’ and pointing out that there is, in fact, no script for the much anticipated Sharknado 2.

Producer David Latt backed up Reid’s statements, saying that Reid would be welcome back for the sequel.

“SyFy and The Asylum love Ian, Tara, Cassie [and] everyone… Hopefully she’ll be the one turning us down because this bizarre film gives her – and the rest of the cast – some great opportunities, and therefore [will be] unavailable,” Latt told The Hollywood Reporter.

Latt was also quick to shut down rumors that Reid’s erratic behavior may have caused the reported firing.

“Despite all of the rumors and tabloid stories, Tara was great to work with… She showed up to play. Knew her lines. Was into this crazy, silly film. No drama. No diva… She was great and we would be lucky to have her in S2,” Latt told THR.

Sharknado, about a tornado filled with sharks that befalls Los Angeles, premiered on SyFy July 11, and, despite mediocre ratings, took Twitter by storm, sparking a huge pop-culture phenomenon. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Sharknado drew about 1.4 million viewers, but had viewers generating almost 5,000 tweets per minute during the broadcast. The sequel is set to take place in New York City.

“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,” Thomas Vitale, executive vp of programming and original movies, said in a statement.

The Sharknado sequel is expected to be released sometime next year.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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