Weinstein Company Announces Plans for Another 'Scary Movie'
Though the first installment of the spoof franchise was legitimately funny, Scary Movie has since become just another cheap attempt to snag cash from the most easily entertained of audiences. The last installment of the parody series was released in 2006, but The Weinstein Company apparently revealed on Facebook (via ComingSoon) that they are planning a Scary Movie 5. Perhaps the company is counting on Scream 4 reinvigorating the audiences who like to see horror films like that parodied, but recently, the series has turned away from lampooning horror movies to simply skewering various sects of pop culture.
No word on who will write or direct the next installment of the comedy series (honestly, it probably doesn't matter), and it's unclear if Anna Faris will return to the franchise that launched her career. Though she hasn't gone on to do many better films, her status as a full fledged comedic actress (there aren't too many who simply go for the laughs) has grown, so maybe it's time for a new actress. Maybe it's time for a new direction too with the myriad of horror remakes going on. Could the new installment be smart enough to have a meta storyline involving a remake of Scary Movie? That might get me interested.
As much as I hate this series, these films are insanely cheap to produce, and since the franchise has grossed over $800 million worldwide, this is a great way to bring in some cash to fund other projects at The Weinstein Company. If that means the studio has the cash to pick up more films like The King's Speech (and they don't go Edward Scissorhands on the film itself just to appease the irrelevant and silly MPAA), then I guess I can't complain too much. I just wish these parodies could live up to the quality of spoofs like Airplane! and The Naked Gun. The team behind those films came close with Scary Movie 3 (including great hilarity from the late Leslie Nielsen) the magic from parody seems to be gone. What do you think?