YourBlackWorld.net, By Victor Omondi, Posted June 2nd 2021
There is no doubt that “Scary Movie” was a Hollywood success. The release of the movie raised the stature of Marlon Wayans’ uber-talented family, further fronting Marlon as an actor to reckon with.
Released in July 2000, the movie quickly became a big name, leading to the release of more spoofing sequels. What became clear, however, was the missing faces of the Wayans in the third and fourth sequels.
While someone may have thought that the Wayans willingly distanced themselves from the sequels, Marlon clarified that it all happened because of disagreements with Dimension Films, an extension of Miramax Films, a company owned by Bob Weinstein and his troubled Brother Harvey Weinstein.
Speaking to fellow comedian Kevin Hart during an episode of the “Comedy Gold Minds” podcast, Marlon explained why his family went missing after the second sequel.
“We didn’t walk away from a franchise, they didn’t want to make our deal and they snatched it,” he explained. Interestingly, the first two sequels were directed by Keenan Wayans and it starred his younger brothers Marlon and Shawn.
“They was like, they just did, Weinstein did some really terrible, like rape and pillage villages type of business,” he explained. “That’s just the way they did their business, so it wasn’t that we, we ever walked away from our franchise that we created, it was taken and us being the creatives that we are was like ‘alright, bet. F–k you, now watch what I create.’ “
IMDB reported that the first movie was done on a $19 million budget and earned well over $270 million in global Box Office ticket sales. The following year, the Wayans family did the second on an upped budget of roughly $45 million and it was also successful, earning an estimated $141 million in global sales.
In spite of the cash inflow from the film, Marlon says his family’s relationship with The Weinstein Company deteriorated.
“The second one they rushed us into and by the third one they didn’t want to pay the money so they snatched it. We found out on Christmas that they hired somebody else to go do it, like n—a write a book about this s–t,” said the “In Living Color” alum.
Marlon continues to flourish in the film industry as a writer, producer, comedian, and actor. He’s the writer and producer of the very successful “Haunted House” films.