Wes Craven Is Up For New ‘Scream’ Trilogy

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:03 pm,

Horror maestro Wes Craven will be back on familiar turf next month with Scream 4, a semi-reboot for the horror franchise that will feature familiar faces like Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, but will also introduce a whole new pack of young stars to headline future series installments – or get off’d in the fourth film.

Dimension Films is serious about having Scream 4 be the first in a new trilogy, and is already on the lookout for a writer to begin work on Scream 5. Craven has overseen more than his share of slasher films already, but remains open to the idea of an additional pair of Scream pics.

The original three Scream movies all did solid business at the box office, but Scream 3 was given a much cooler critical reception than its predecessors. Hence the concern from fans when word got out that Kevin Williamson’s (Scream, Scream 2) screenplay for Scream 4 was being retooled by Scream 3 scriber Ehren Kruger – and Wes Craven’s subsequent update on his Twitter account that he was “no longer in control of the script.”

Total Film (via Scream-Trilogy) questioned Craven about that matter in its most recent issue, and the filmmaker offered the following in reply:

“I was just stating the fact. In some ways it’s a Wes Craven film, and in a way it’s not entirely, because it’s not a script I have control of. It’s ultimately controlled by what the studio wants in the script. My job is much more bringing whatever experience and expertise and creativity I can.”

scream 4 still 2 Wes Craven Is Up For New Scream Trilogy

Rory Culkin and Erik Knudsen in ‘Scream 4′.

Craven insists that Scream 4 retains the essence of “[Williamson's] script and concept and ideas and themes” – and, to be fair, based off the results of the writer/director duo’s last horror flick (Cursed), it may be for the best that a third party was brought in to rework the Scream 4 screenplay. Plus, given the positive buzz from early test screenings, it seems the movie may have turned out fine after all.

The second Scream 4 trailer was by and large well received by fans, and it also did a nice job of setting the stage for Ghostface’s latest act of terror against the residents of Woodsboro. My problem with the footage unveiled was that the cracks about horror genre conventions and sly dialogue on display felt too (for lack of a better description) consciously hip – like a pale imitation of the clever writing that made the first Scream memorable, rather than a fresh spin on an old act. Hopefully the final product will prove me wrong, but for now I remain skeptical.

New cast members of Scream 4 Wes Craven Is Up For New Scream Trilogy

Craven isn’t against the idea of more Scream movies on principle, and says that he’s already held discussions with Williamson about ideas for where to go with Scream 5 & 6, in terms of themes and plot. As he put it:

“A lot depends on whether [Dimension Films comes] up with scripts to flesh out. But certainly, I’m up for it, if the script is there. It’s a fascinating thing to do two trilogies in a career.”

The search for a screenwriter to pen Scream 5 has begun, and Scream 4 is due out in theaters in about four weeks time – so chances are good that Ghostface will get to increase his onscreen kill total even more in the future .

Source: Total Film (via Scream-Trilogy), Shock Till You Drop

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  1. I didn’t like the last one, but I’d be up for Scream 5 if this turns out good.

  2. Honestly, the only one I ever enjoyed was the first one. The rest were all really predictable.

  3. I didn’t like the third. As far as saying “its a fascinating thing to do two trilogies in a career” Wes needs to step back and look at that statement there. For me , it would be MORE fascinating to do two different genre trilogies in a career

  4. I had high hopes for this but the more that I hear the more skeptical I become. It’s seems like Wes and Williamson had zero control. I just don’t recall any great movies that the writer and director where shut out of a major issue like the screenplay. Does anyone? And what’s the point of Wes talking to Williamson about ideas for 5 & 6 if the studio is looking to hire someone else? This is getting confusing…

  5. The scream “franchise” is the worst horror franchise I’ve ever seen in my life here on earth.

    So I’m not up for this,,,

    • Obviously, you haven’t seen very many horror franchises.

  6. @790

    I would say The Final Destination franchise takes that trophe, especially since every film is exactly like the first, just with different people/deaths.

  7. You have a good point Ghost,,, hmmm

    • uh… leprechan anyone?

  8. I’m up for scream 5,6…..have the kids from glee, or even better have Sam from supernatural, he was in new Friday the 13th did an ok job, maybe have sid killed off in scream 5 as she is the soul surviver or Dewey……have a chick villian.

    • Billy’s mother was the killer in the 2nd…

  9. Sweet!

  10. just saw scream 4 it was kind off predictable but the end was a shock! better than the 3rd one by far a gd movie for e few sxares and a laugh i hope they do a 5th and 6th

  11. Didn’t really like Scre4m but a Scre5m would ba a good idea if it was written well new plot new stars new setting maybe even rename it “GhostFace ” . If i were writting a new movie i’d cast Venessa Shaw as the lead and maybe cast Kathrine Heigel , James Marsden or Katie Cassidy .
    But yeah go for it i’m sure the next scream will be better more clever , hip and scary just NEW STARS AND A NEW A NEW PLOT but keep ghostface .



  14. I think Scream 5 (5cream) and Scream 6 (S6ream) would be awesome!!!! They need to make these movies. I also think they should do another trilogy after that: Scream 7, Scream 8, and Scream 9. That would be so cool!