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‘Scary’ sequel set

Dimension, Wayans to begin prod'n this fall

NEW YORK — The original tagline for “Scary Movie” was “No Mercy. No Shame. No Sequel.”

That was before the low-budget pic crossed the $100 million threshold, eventually becoming the highest-grossing film in Miramax history.

Now Dimension is fast-tracking a sequel, reuniting director Keenen Ivory Wayans and actor-screenwriters Shawn and Marlon Wayans for “Scary Movie II.” Pic will go into production this fall with an eye on a May 2001 release.

Also back are producer Eric L. Gold, the Wayans manager who produced the first “Scary Movie,” and Lisa Blum, a co-producer of the original who will co-exec produce the sequel.

Dimension head Bob Weinstein called the Wayans “incredibly talented,” adding “we look forward to enjoying future successes with them.”

After “Scary Movie” saw a $42 million opening weekend — a high-watermark both for Miramax and for any “R”-rated film — a sequel may have seemed a foregone conclusion.

Thanks, in part, to its success — domestic B.O. for “Scary Movie” now stands at $144,790,572 — teen-movie spoofs are becoming a Hollywood cottage industry.

There’s Lion’s Gate’s yet-to-be-released “I Know What You Screamed Last Semester” as well as Columbia’s “Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Roadtrips When I Can’t Hardly Wait to Be Kissed,” from “Scary Movie” scribes Buddy Johnson and Phil Beauman.

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