New 'Halloween,' 'Scary Movie' Installments Coming to Screens in 2012

It’s shaping up to be a busy 2012 for The Weinstein Company, but if all goes to plan, two planned sequels could haul some big box office bank.

The biggest news is that “Scary Movie 5” now has an official April 20, 2012 release date, though there’s no confirmation yet whether series stars Anna Faris and Regina Hall or director David Zucker will be back.

For all the flopping spoof movies that have followed in its footsteps, it’s a little shocking how bankable the franchise has been since “Scary Movie” struck theaters in 2000 hot on the heels of the slasher revival led by “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” The first flick grossed over $278 million worldwide. In 2006, “Scary Movie 4” grossed $178 million on a $45 million budget.

What reason is there to really believe this one wouldn’t pack theaters?

What’s equally interesting is that “Halloween 3D” has also been given an Oct. 26, 2012 release date. This will be the first film since Rob Zombie gave John Carpenter’s legendary franchise a reboot to the teeth in 2007 to not have Zombie behind the camera. It will instead be directed by Patrick Lussier of “Drive Angry 3D” and “My Bloody Valentine.”

That the movie’s being made should be considered a small miracle – and a minor curiosity. Both the first two movies in Zombie’s reboot were shredded by critics, though they were far kinder to the first.

However, it bears noting that the 2007 “Halloween” truly followed in the original’s small-budget-big-bank footsteps, costing only $15 million to make and grossing over $80 million when all was said and done.

The 2009 sequel “Halloween II” cost the same amount, but only grossed $39 million and was reviewed far more harshly than the first – which itself didn’t even crack a 30% freshness rating on RottenTomatoes.

Will making the legendary horror franchise in 3D help sell more tickets? We shall see.