Halloween 3-D and Scary Movie 5 Get Release Dates
Posted 06.20.11 by Ryan
It's official: The Weinstein Company is continuing every franchise they own the rights to. After releasing Scream 4 in April, the studio (via their Dimension Films label) is looking to relaunch its remaining franchises, as ComingSoon reports that Halloween 3-D and Scary Movie 5 have both received release dates.
A few years ago, Dimension had started putting together a third installment on director Rob Zombie's Halloween reboot (there was a sequel — 2009's Halloween II), hiring My Bloody Valentine 3-D director Patrick Lussier. Lussier turned to screenwriter, and frequent collaborator, Todd Farmer to write a script for the proposed 3-D sequel, but Dimension halted production in October of 2009.
Last month, Lussier and Farmer publicly admitted that Halloween 3-D was something they wanted to make, but we were waiting for someone to tell them to "go make it." It's unclear whether Dimension will use Farmer's script or whether Lussier will direct, but with a release date of Oct. 26, 2012, for Halloween 3-D it would be surprising to bring on another writer and director. Lussier and Farmer are currently busy preparing a reinvention of the Hellraiser franchise for the studio, but could conceivably start Halloween 3-D once they have finished.
Back in 2006, Scary Movie 4 was Dimension's second release after the formation of The Weinstein Company. Six years later, the studio wants another Scary Movie to be in theaters.
The first Scary Movie was directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans in 2000, written by his brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans and parodied the Scream franchise (which had its own fun poking fun at horror genre tropes) and the I Know What You Did Last Summer movies. The movie made $157 million in the U.S. alone, which prompted Scary Movie 2, which also succeeded at the box office with $71 million in the U.S.
Director David Zucker, who co-directed 1980's Airplane, took over for Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4, but his involvement in Scary Movie 5 is unknown. In January, CinemaBlend reported that Zucker wanted to return for the fifth installment, citing Child’s Play and Paranormal Activity as possible targets (we think Twilight will likely make it in there too despite last year's Vampires Suck), but nothing is confirmed at this time.
The only thing that is for sure right now for Scary Movie 5 is its release date of April 20, 2012, about a year after Scream 4 was released.