Could Scary Movie 5 Be a Surprise Hit?

04/12/2013 1:50 PM |

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Scary Movie 5: As much as the Weinsteins have triumphed recently by betting on past successes like Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell, they’ve had a hell of a time when attempting to revive long-dormant signature franchises. Scream and Spy Kids had trilogies that averaged around $100 million per entry, and they grossed almost exactly the same lousy $38 million when TWC revived them for sequels—even with the original directors on board. This suggests that Scary Movie 5, arriving seven years after Scary Movie 4 in a series that has never had more than a three-year gap, may be poised for similar disappointment. Then again, the Scary Movie series has pretty much always defied box-office gravity. Even Scary Movie 4, a downright terrible installment (right in line with what I’ve seen from Scary Movie 2, and a major comedown from the mildest of bright spots that was Scary Movie 3) made 90 million! Dollars! Former masters of the spoof genre David Zucker (of the once-mighty Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker) and go-to gagman Pat Proft (he of both Police Academy and the Naked Gun series) have the cowriting credits, while Malcom D. Lee (the sweet Roll Bounce; the slapdash Undercover Brother) takes over directing, maybe in a bid to curb some creepy neocon influence from Zucker, who last directed the why-do-you-hate-America-and-let-the-terrorists-win screed-comedy An American Carol.