Who Owns the Scary Movie Franchise?

If you’re a fan of horror-comedy, then you must be familiar with the Scary Movie franchise. The film series is known for its parody of popular horror movies and pop culture references.

But have you ever wondered who owns the rights to this successful franchise? Let’s dive into the history of Scary Movie ownership.

Origins of Scary Movie

Scary Movie was created by two brothers, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Shawn Wayans, along with Marlon Wayans, who also starred in the films. The first Scary Movie was released in 2000 and went on to become a box office success grossing over $278 million worldwide.

The Weinstein Company

After the success of Scary Movie, the production company behind it, Dimension Films, was acquired by Miramax Films in 1993. Miramax Films was then bought by The Walt Disney Company in 1993. However, in 2005, The Weinstein Company (TWC) bought the rights to Dimension Films’ library, which included the Scary Movie franchise.

Lawsuit with Co-Creator

In 2013, co-creator of Scary Movie, Marlon Wayans, was sued by TWC for his parody film A Haunted House. TWC claimed that A Haunted House copied elements from Scary Movie and infringed on their copyright. However, Marlon Wayans argued that his film was a parody and fell under fair use laws.

The lawsuit ended up being settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. But it did bring attention to the ownership and copyright issues surrounding Scary Movie.

Current Ownership

In 2018, TWC filed for bankruptcy after co-founder Harvey Weinstein faced numerous sexual harassment allegations. As part of bankruptcy proceedings, TWC’s assets were sold off to various companies. Lantern Entertainment acquired the rights to TWC’s assets, including the Scary Movie franchise.


In conclusion, the Scary Movie franchise is currently owned by Lantern Entertainment. However, the ownership has changed hands multiple times in the past, and there have been copyright issues surrounding it. Nevertheless, the franchise remains a beloved horror-comedy classic to fans around the world.