Despite a three-week labor dispute that has resulted in 30 to 40 of its crew members going on strike, the makers of the third film in the Sharknado franchise — officially titled Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! — says it will hit the Syfy channel on schedule.
Already slated for July, viewers can expect the program to air July 22 at 9 p.m. in the U.S. It will play in movie theaters in 86 countries worldwide within 24 hours of its SyFy debut.
Production workers walked out of the Sharknado set on March 3, and have picketed the film's shoots in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
The first Sharknado sequel was made under a union contract but the second sequel has not been so far. [...] Asylum COO and Sharknado 3 producer Paul Bales blamed "manipulation and bullying" by NYC-based IATSE local during the making of Sharknado 2 as the primary reason the company decided to go non-union on Sharknado 3. IATSE in response said Bales and Asylum were "lying about the facts."
Striking workers are reportedly seeking a union contract with International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to provide them with health and pension benefits.