NEW YORK — Dimension Films is moving at top speed to get its third installment of the “Scary Movie” spoof series to market, hiring a trio of scribes to pen the screenplay as the studio races to beat a rival release from franchise creators the Wayans brothers.
Pat Proft, Brian Lynch and Craig Mazin will write the script for the sequel, which Dimension expects to begin lensing by February. Meanwhile, Keenen Ivory, Marlon and Shawn Wayans are warming up a spoof project of their own with Revolution Studios (Daily Variety, Nov. 20).
Proft is a veteran of the slapstick genre who worked with “Scary Movie 3” director David Zucker on both 1988’s “Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” and the 1996 pic “High School High.” Scribe also worked on the “Police Academy” franchise and “Real Genius,” among others.
Mazin’s credits include the Marlon Wayans-David Spade comedy “Senseless” and the 1997 laffer “Rocket Man.” Meanwhile, Lynch wrote and directed 1999’s “Big Helium Dog” and last year set up the script “Miller Minogue” with Landscape Entertainment.
Dimension plans to have its movie out in theaters as early as next fall. The original “Scary Movie” grossed $157 million; its sequel made $71 million.
Lynch is managed by Benderspink, while Paradigm reps Proft and Brillstein-Grey manages Mazin.