SyFy’s so-bad-it’s-good Sharknado hit the network back in 2013. Since then, it’s garnered a six-film saga and in turn become somewhat of a cult classic.
As a result, Sharknado’s imagery has been used on merchandise and in pop culture, but one of the film’s actresses isn’t pleased.
Tara Reid is best known for the American Pie series, Josie And The Pussycats and Van Wilder: Party Liaison. However, the actress also appeared in all six Sharknado films.
Reid filed a lawsuit Thursday in response to her image being used on slot machines in order to promote the series. She named Asylum Entertainment and SYFY Media Productions as defendants, The Wrap reports.
The Blast reveals Reid is accusing them of “false endorsement and misappropriation of celebrity likeness.”
Reid also states they wrongfully licensed her image rights to “manufacturers of slot machines, gambling products and beer makers, who in turn have marketed their product with her likeness, and continue to wrongfully trade and profit therefrom.”
The suit references breach of her contract for the sixth film, in which a clause states:
“…in no event shall [Reid’s] likeness be used for any merchandising in association with alcohol, tobacco, gambling, hygiene, or sexual products without [Reid’s] prior written approval.”
Reid is requesting $100 million in damages as well as an injunction to prohibit her face from being used on machines and products.
You can see a Twitter user’s image of one of the slot machines below.
— Albert Skibinski (@askibinski) November 29, 2018
The first film aired on SyFy in July 2013. Since then, Sharknado 2: The Second One, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming have been released.
The most recent and final installment, The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, was released in August. Check out a trailer for the final flick below.