Harvey Weinstein Insists ‘Scream 5′ Will Still Happen

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

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The Weinstein Brothers may have decided to resuscitate the Scream franchise after a twelve-year hiatus, but they weren’t always dead set on developing another sequel. In fact, they initially considered remaking the original film instead.

Fortunately, screenwriter Kevin Williamson crafted a storyline for Scream 4 that was intended to work as both a follow-up to the previous films and as the first chapter in a new trilogy – at least that was the plan.

Whether it was a clever bit of marketing misdirection or the result of those controversial on-set rewrites, the fact remains that Scream 4 didn’t exactly pass the torch to a new generation the way that we’d been led to believe it would. While fans began to debate how the franchise could carry-on from a creative standpoint, a bigger issue quickly emerged – the latest installment’s disappointing box office numbers.

Earlier this month, there were rumors that the lukewarm commercial response to Scream 4 had caused Dimension to scrap plans for Scream 5. To add insult to injury, it was implied that if they ever decided to revisit the property at some point in the future, it would most likely be in the form of a reboot or a chain of straight-to-DVD sequels.

Watching the Scream series complete its transformation into the same type of franchise it had originally set out to poke fun at would have been ironic and disheartening – but Harvey Weinstein insists that we’ve been misinformed.

MTV caught up with him at the Cannes Film Festival where he revealed that not only is Scream 5 still in the cards, but that he expects Wes Craven to return to the director’s chair:

“I’m sure [director Wes Craven is] going to do a sequel … Foreign [sales] are so strong that we’ll do over $100 million worldwide … It’s at $90 now, with about five or six major countries to go and a lot of small ones. We’ll probably do $110 million … I wish it would have been better domestically, but it’s not the worst thing in the world that’s ever happened.”

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There’s no shortage of theories regarding why Scream 4 underperformed domestically, but one of the most common is that its opening on Easter weekend, against the family film Rio, severely diminished its chances for success (an argument that conveniently ignores the fact that Scream and Scream 2 opened just before Christmas against similarly stiff competition). There’s also the more plausible explanation that the older fans who grew up with the first three films had simply moved on – and that Scream 4 wasn’t particularly successful at selling itself to a new and younger audience.

Though, as Weinstein points out – it’s not quite the catastrophic failure that some outlets have made it out to be. Regardless, do we really need another entry in the seemingly unending saga of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell)? Despite the numerous shortcomings of Scream 3, the final shot in that film seemed to communicate all that there was left to say about her character. Scream 4 managed to squeeze a little bit more mileage out of her story, but would a fifth film be pushing it?

Dimension seems determined to carry on the Scream series one way or another – so no matter how you feel about another sequel, at least no one’s tossing around the words ‘reboot’ or ‘remake’ at the moment.

Source: MTV.

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  1. I love all SCREAMS… SCRE4M is still surprising and amusing… if they will continue in making another SCREAM, please level-up more Wes! Kevin! and Ehren! SCREAM 3 is a bit funnier and entertaining than SCRE4M…(For me)… Please, If you want your new SCREAM trilogy franchise, a blockbluster, help each other… Mr. Writers!, Mr. Kruger and Mr. Williamson, you must support, aid, back-up, assist each other what-so-ever for the franchise become a successful one… Help nurture the gift given to you two and help Mr. Craven be proud of his masterpieces… Don’t fight! It won’t help!… Duh…

  2. please make sequels first then do reboot of scream 1 with billy and stu as not killers but victims and get randy and randys mother to be the killers! let billy and stu survive and be in scream 1 reboot rhen in scream 2 reboot kill stu of in scream2 reboot then get billy to turn uop outside sidneys bedroom window and save the day by chasing the killers out of sidneys house ontop the street using a taser on the killers. then they wait for duey to turn up and then gail comes walking down the street with a knife in her back and she shouts to duey the killers someone you dont suspect! she dies at the end of scream 3 reboot! duey turns up and sees gail and duey says im sorry i turned up here so late. please make the sequel scream 5 then another sequel scream 6. thenid do the reboots well remakes of scream 1 2 3 4 5 then 6.

  3. plase bob wnsten mkea scam 5 listen t ou boher harvey but dont gt harvey to kill every cast membero scremam 5 off nseadkill of or wo main charcters le gae and dewey bu leae sidey alive at the end o rem 5 soyoucan do ascrea 6 then kill he killers of te sidney end itatscrea 6 please you guys wre theone who ated to d a new trilogy so pleasekillsie off in scream 6. then do a scream 1 remake with the oriinal cast memers in it skeet urich jamie kennedy drew barrymore rose mcgowan matthew lilard kill of tatum and randy get stu an billy to be te killers again. but make them into the next remake scream 2 make bily and st survive with billys mother another kiler tnen scream 3 remake get billy and stu and roman asthree of th killers kill the all off them off then make aremake of scream 4 kill of gale at the start then dewey in scream 5 then in scream 6 kil sidney at the end of scream 6 lets make anoher new remakes and sequel trilogy!so bob and harvey plaase make a scream 5 loads of fans want another so its all down to you wes craven would say!!!!!!!!

    • english please! :-)