Marlon Wayans sat down with Kevin Hart on his “Comedy Gold Minds” podcast and revealed that the Wayans brothers’ “Scary Movie” franchise was stripped from them.
“Scary Movie” 1 and 2 starred Marlon and Shawn Wayans and was directed by their brother, Keenan Wayans. By the third and fourth installment of the franchise, the Wayans were no longer a part of the films.
“We didn’t walk away from a franchise, they didn’t want to make our deal and they snatched it,” Marlon explained. “[Harvey] Weinstein did some really terrible, like rape and pillage villages type of business,” he elaborated. “…it wasn’t that we, we ever walked away from the 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.’
Both Wayans-assisted “Scary Movie” installments made Miramax (Weinstein’s company) money, however according to Marlon negotiations soured with the Weinstein brothers, “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.”
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