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?
Reader Feedback - 17 Comments
"Though the first installment of the spoof franchise was legitimately funny..." - now THAT'S funny.
norm on Jan 31, 2011
Sure, why not. Somebody likes them, they keep making money and it is show BUSINESS first and foremost. Plus, I'll admit they had their moments.
Goudos on Jan 31, 2011
I disagree a bit. While the Scary Movies are insanely stupid, I think they're the only spoof franchise that still can invoke a laugh or two (when I want dumb humor). Since so many more terrible horror films have been released since then, I look forward to seeing what else they can poke fun at.
Jackson on Jan 31, 2011
just please stop making these flicks. Please!!!!!!
Mountain Top Movies on Jan 31, 2011
The first one and 1st half of the 2nd one were AWESOME. The others, (once Keenan was no longer attached) sucked @ss.
Solo Calrissian on Jan 31, 2011
the 1st was good, 2nd was meh, 3rd - no, 4th please stop! , 5th - ...
Dave on Jan 31, 2011
maybe if they go back to the Wayans doing it... it will be more like the first 2 were and not as awful as 3 and 4... who knows...
Antonio B. Coria on Jan 31, 2011
Ethan, I disagree with your first statement. The second installment was by far the best one. Especially on account of Chris Elliot's performance. The third had some good moments, too, like just about any scene with Leslie Nielson, and some of Charlie Sheen's scenes, such as the 'she broke her wiener?' scene. After number two, though, they did get cheesier and less coherent, and to say the least, we can be wary at best of a fifth Scary Movie.
JL on Feb 1, 2011
Seriously, whos the assholes that keep putting this garbage out???
Anonymous on Feb 1, 2011
if only the wayans bro are in it
A5J4DX on Jan 31, 2011
The films were much more funny with the Wayan's brothers doing it. The other once's that came after where just boring humor that a five year old would like. The Wayan's Brothers brought modern and cool humor to it all.
Andrew111 on Feb 1, 2011
The films were much more funny with the Wayan's brothers doing it. The other ones that came after where just boring humor that a five year old would like. The Wayan's Brothers brought modern and cool humor to it all.
Andrew111 on Feb 1, 2011
It's like they still had a pile of awful, left-over, well-past-their-expiry-date Ghostface jokes and they're thanking their lucky stars another Scream is in the works.
Chris on Feb 1, 2011
This post is funny!
Gh on Feb 1, 2011
if waynes brother come back then i think it can be as funny as the first one and second one. i just want to see those jokes tht u have to listen to.
Michael on Feb 2, 2011
Start a petition to get the Wayans Bro's to do it!!! I want some More shorty and Ray!!!
Rooneyman on Feb 4, 2011
i remeber seeing the 3rd one in (5th) grade? or 6th i thought it was funny. I saw it as a JR... No.. it sucked
Michael Baldwin on Jan 28, 2012
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