"Sharknado" may have been absolutely fin-tastic, but now, what will the Antioch native who directed the low-budget flick do for an encore?

Anthony C. Ferrante, who watched his guilty-pleasure film fuel a social media firestorm when it aired Thursday night on Syfy, is already mulling ideas for a sequel.

"I don't know if there's going to be a sequel or not, but if there is, we have to up the ante," he said during a phone interview on Friday. "If we're going to do this, we better make damn sure we can exceed the original. Maybe, we should do 'Die Hard' with sharks."

Ferrante, who was previously best-known for his horror flick "Boo," admitted that he was blown away by the all snarky Twitter traffic the film generated during its airing. Even a host of celebrities were drawn into the conversation, with "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof joking, "I am going to write the Sharknado sequel and I am going to do it before Shaknado is over." Added NBC's Chuck Todd, "I follow about a thousand folks. Every one of them tweeting about SharkNado."

"It's the most insane thing I've ever seen," said Ferrante, who found himself doing interviews on Friday with a parade of major media outlets, including CNN, "NBC Evening News" and "Nightline."

"I've been around long enough to know that this kind of thing doesn't happen very often, so you just embrace it," he said. "What happened here was this crazy, insane communal event."

Ferrante, who grew up in Antioch, began his filmmaking career as a sixth-grader creating short films with friends using a video camera. He also wrote movie reviews for the school newspaper -- and later, for the Antioch Ledger Dispatch. He graduated from Antioch High School and went on to take film classes at Los Medanos College and San Francisco State University.

"Sharknado," which tells the story of a menacing storm that spews a horde of bloodthirsty fish on Los Angeles, was reportedly made for around $1 million and starred two past-their-prime actors in Tara Reid and Ian Zeiring. It was the latest offering from Syfy, which has given the world such fun, but non-award worthy films as "Dinoshark,"

"Sharktopus" and "Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus."

So why did this one hit the social media jackpot?

"We had a crazy little title and people wanted to see how we were going to pull it off," Ferrante said. "Then we just crammed as much as we could into the movie and tried to push it to the limit."

Any possible sequel, of course, would have to go even further.

"We may have to go back to the '70s and combine 'Towering Inferno' and 'Poseidon Adventure' with sharks," Ferrante joked. "Or better yet, we could channel 'Rosemary's Baby' and have Mia Farrow give birth to a baby shark."