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Actor Marlon Wayans Claims Harvey Weinstein & His Brother Stole ‘Scary Movie’ Franchise From His Family

Marlon Wayans is one of the brightest stars of the Wayans brother dynasty. The younger brother of Shawn, Keenan and Damon has been a mainstay in pop culture since The Wayans Bros in the 90’s right through to his own sitcom Marlon in recent years. In the time span in between he’s gifted the world such iconic films as White Chicks, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and of course the Scary Movie franchise. Fans were shocked when after two films, he and his brother stepped away from the popular series. Marlon recently revealed why his family was not attached to the later installments of Scary Movie starring Anna Faris and Regina Hall.

Scary Movie debuted in the year 2000. The film was an ode to spoof movies like The Naked Gun and Monty Python while also pulling inspiration from the new wave slasher films of the 90’s. The movie was directed by the eldest Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, the man responsible for In Living Color and much of the families work in the 90s. Younger brothers Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans were co-writers and stars of the movie. Marlon and Shawn went on to reprise their roles as Shorty Meeks and Ray Wilkins in Scary Movie 2. The first two installments of the series went on to be Box Offices successes, with the first one ultimately grossed $157,019,771 domestically, and earned another $121,000,000 in other markets. The second grossed $71.3 million. With $69.9 million internationally, the worldwide gross comes to $141.2 million.

There were a total of four sequels, with the latest being 2016’s Scary Movie 5. However, despite the franchise’s longevity, The Wayans Brothers seemed to part ways after the first sequel, as they were uninvolved with Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4, and Scary Movie 5.

Marlon shed some light on them not returning recently on Kevin Hart’s Comedy Gold Mind’s podcast. He claims the Weinstein Brothers stole the franchise from them, basically booting them out. “They were evil as f**k. We didn’t walk away from a franchise. They didn’t want to make our deal, and they snatched it. [The] Weinsteins did some really terrible, like ‘rape and pillage villages’-type of business… That’s just the way they did their business. So it wasn’t that we ever walked away from our franchise that we created. It was taken, and us being the creatives that we are was like ‘All right, bet. F**k you, now watch what I create.’” Despite the massive amount of money lost, Marlon claims to be grateful for the lesson, and says maybe he’s family will sue in the future.

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