'Scary Movie 5' Gets a Director, Starts Casting; Robert Rodriguez Readies to Direct 'Fire and Ice' Remake

'Scary Movie 5' Gets a Director, Starts Casting; Robert Rodriguez Readies to Direct 'Fire and Ice' Remake

Apr 25, 2012

Undercover Brother director Malcolm Lee will be rebooting the Scary Movie franchise — a spoof of Wes Craven's self-aware horror opus series, Scream. Last year we saw Craven and writer Kevin Williamson return to their baby, along with the ensemble cast that many horror fans have grown up with (Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell, and friends), so it seems fitting that its parody partner would follow suit. Lee and company will be starting production on the new movie this summer, and casting is already underway according to Entertainment Weekly. Scary Movie 3 and 4 director/writer David Zucker will be co-writing/producing, bringing his lampooning expertise to the table.

Is the Scary Movie reboot a way for the studio to market off of Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods? Do you care about this franchise anymore, or does Whedon's smarter and more sophisticated brand of parody have you hooked? Let us know below.


We hope director Robert Rodriguez keeps moving at the pace he's currently at — as long as he can serve up the projects he's promising, anyway. The filmmaker has been keeping himself busy, having just squared away a few details to set his upcoming sequels in motion: Machete Kills and the long awaited follow-up to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. THR recently sat down with the director to chat about the Blu-ray release of his 1994 Showtime movie starring David Arquette and Salma Hayek, Roadracers, and found out Rodriguez has a third movie already in development. It looks like he'll be working on a remake of the Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta co-creation, 1983's Fire and Ice as soon as he's done with Sin City 2.

Fire and Ice came along the year after John Milius' Conan appeared on the scene, and barbarians became a thing. The animated film boasted an interesting array of talent, including Marvel Comics writers (who worked on a few Conan stories) Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, recently deceased painter of light Thomas Kinkade (he painted backgrounds in the movie), Dinotopia artist James Gurney, Æon Flux creator Peter Chung (who did layout work), and others. The rotoscope feature centers on a timeless battle of good versus evil and is based on Frazetta's iconic fantasy artwork. 

“We’re almost done with the script; we’ve got it pretty much 70 percent there. I’m really excited about that one," Rodriguez shared. "The whole idea is to make it using the technology I used for Sin City because I want it to be as if you stepped into one of his paintings," he also told The Playlist last year. The director hopes to get the script for Fire and Ice ready before Sin City 2 goes into preproduction — and he's aiming to have it finished in the next month or so. "I’m really excited … For Frazetta fans, this will be the ultimate tribute to what he did, and inspired so many people. I think it’s going to be pretty powerful when people see it."

Check out the original Fire and Ice trailer below to spark your memory.

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