Why Are the Wayans Not in Scary Movie 3?

The Wayans family is a prominent name in the entertainment industry, with several successful comedies under their belt. One of their most notable contributions to the genre is the Scary Movie franchise.

However, keen-eyed viewers may have noticed that their involvement in the series dwindled after the second installment. So, why are the Wayans not in Scary Movie 3?


To understand why the Wayans were absent from Scary Movie 3, we must first delve into the history of the franchise. The original Scary Movie was released in 2000 and was directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. It was a parody of popular horror movies at the time and was a box office success.

Following its success, two sequels were released in quick succession – Scary Movie 2 (2001) and Scary Movie 3 (2003). However, there was a notable shift in creative control between these films.

The Split

The split between the Wayans and Scary Movie franchise began after the release of Scary Movie 2. According to Shawn Wayans, one of the writers and stars of the first two films, they had disagreements with Dimension Films (the production company behind the series) about creative control.

In an interview with Vibe magazine, Shawn said that they felt “like we gave it our all on two movies … We didn’t want to be a part of something that was less than what we created.”

The New Team

With Keenen Ivory Wayans out as director and Shawn and Marlon Wayans absent as writers and stars, Dimension Films brought in new talent for Scary Movie 3. The film was directed by David Zucker (known for his work on Airplane! and The Naked Gun) and written by Craig Mazin (who would go on to write The Hangover Part II and III).

The film also featured a new cast, with the exception of Anna Faris, who reprised her role as Cindy Campbell. The absence of the Wayans was immediately noticeable to fans of the franchise.

The Legacy

Despite the absence of the Wayans, Scary Movie 3 was a commercial success. It grossed over $220 million worldwide and was praised for its use of pop culture references (such as parodies of The Ring and Signs) and celebrity cameos (including appearances by Charlie Sheen and Leslie Nielsen).

However, some fans felt that the absence of the Wayans resulted in a significant drop in quality compared to the first two films. The subsequent sequels (Scary Movie 4 and Scary Movie 5) were also not well-received critically or commercially.


In conclusion, the Wayans’ departure from the Scary Movie franchise was due to creative differences with Dimension Films. While their absence may have disappointed some fans, it ultimately led to new talent being brought in and a fresh take on the series.

Whether or not you prefer the original films or Scary Movie 3 is a matter of personal preference. However, it’s clear that the Wayans family has left an indelible mark on comedy cinema – one that will continue to be appreciated by audiences for years to come.