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Was the deal that you'd do a Scary Movie 3 and a Scary Movie 4 at the same time?
No, it was just for Scary Movie 3. However when we got the rushes back, the studio decided they quickly wanted to do a 4.
And what's the current status of Scary Movie 4?
We've a writer working on it at the moment. I've been told we should have something first quarter 04. It's a bit early if you ask me, we should wait at least until M.Night Shyamalan brings out another movie. They're a gift from heaven, his movies.
Do you hope to have everyone back for number 4? Leslie Nielsen, Charlie Sheen etcetera?
Sure, I'd like to try and get everyone back. There's not one person I wouldn't like to come back for it.
Any chance of you guys re-teaming for another "Naked Gun" in the future?
We would really like to. The studio just doesn't get the joke though. They're not interested in the franchise. Funny thing was, Scary Movie 3 opened up against a Paramount movie at the box office on the same week of release and the Paramount movie disappeared without a trace. They still may not get it, but if they really wanted to see whether spoof movies still work they should've taken a look that week, even back when Scary one came out. And if they think that's a different case because it was an R rated spoof movie, they should look at ours - it's PG-13.
Any competition between you and your directing brother, Jerry Zucker?
Competition? No. We both do different types of things. He did "Ghost", which I loved but wouldn't have wanted to do, it never interested me, "First Knight" which was a very serious movie, and then "Rat Race" - All different concepts, but not my cup of tea.
What's he working on now?
He's working on a musical actually, so he's definitely into varying directions. He tends not to make movies as often, where as I like to have one in can, either writing the next or out here promoting one, like this.
And is Scary Movie 4 your next movie?
It could be, if it's readuy in time. If not, Dimension wants me to direct another movie for them. It's a romantic comedy - still untitled - about a wedding reality show. I'm also producing a sketch movie called "The Onion Movie" which is written by the gang that do the satirical newspaper, mainly on the web.
And what can we expect on the Scary Movie 3 DVD?
A lot of material that didn't make it into the movie. Also expecting to do a lot of commentary, we're going to need to explain everything