Wes Craven’s Scream series to rewarded with a sequel/reboot
Word is coming out from the halls of Tinseltown that the next franchise to be rebooted or have a sequel will be Wes Craven’s ‘Scream‘. The franchise originally had a run of four movies with varying quality. The original Scream and Scream 2 were masterful works, both scary and funny by turns that completely spun the genre on its head and delivered great box office returns and confirmed stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Jamie Kennedy as major big-screen talents.
With stars like Drew Barrymore and Jada Pinkett-Smith having their faces and names on the posters only to be brutally killed off within the first ten minutes of the films shocked the audience. Things took a slight downturn with ‘Scream 3‘ which although being a decent little time-waster, showed the franchise was running out of steam. It’s main problem being sidelining Campbell’s character for much of the movie even though she was supposed to be the main character, focussing instead on the characters played by Cox and Arquette who were married at the time. With the addition of a completely unconvincing and quite frankly outrageous plot twist late on and despite great appearances from Lance Henrikson and Parker Posey, the film fizzled out. Although the last shot of the film, showing a back door swinging open, signifying the door was open for another entry was a neat touch.
By the time ‘Scream 4‘ arrived, audiences had moved on and the film didn’t make much of a dent at the box office. It didn’t help that the film trod over old ground, didn’t bring anything new to the audience and to be honest, wasn’t worth the film it was shot on. The franchise did get a great shot of life with the TV series based on the property but it was thought that we wouldn’t see another cinematic version.
Now though, Gary Barber and his Spyglass Media Group are poised to bring the franchise back to multiplexes around the world. As yet, there is no word on if the film will be a reboot, a sequel or an offshoot from the original four films. We await word on which direction the film will take and who will be writing the screenplay, directing the film and who will be starring. It would be nice to see the surviving cast members (i.e the ones who survived the four movies) make a cameo appearance in the new film even if it is to be killed off before the opening title reveal. The chances are though that the film will contain a wholly new cast and will have no relation to what’s gone before it. I seriously doubt Kevin Williamson could be enticed to return to write a whole new chapter for his creation. And of course, sadly Wes Craven is no longer with us to direct the new film. All I can hope for is the film holds onto its R-Rating and not go for a family-friendly PG-13 like so many horror films go for these days.
The film will almost certainly have nothing to do with the Weinstein Company who distributed the original set of films through their Dimension Films and Miramax.
Keep tuned right here for any updates on this developing story.
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