It's the franchise that helped reenergize the horror genre in the late 1990s but will Scream 5 ever happen? The first movie was originally titled Scary Movie - which later became the title of a long-running parody franchise - and follows a group of friends being stalked by a masked killer. Scream opens with an extended sequence where a character played by Drew Barrymore is taunted over the phone by the killer, which ends with her brutal death. Audiences were shocked the biggest name in the cast was the first victim, establishing the danger for the rest of the characters.
Scream also paid loving parody to classic horror movie tropes, with characters in the movie being aware of all the cliches. The movie was also directed by the late, great Wes Craven, who helmed a number of iconic horror movies like A Nightmare On Elm Street. The horror genre was in weak shape when Scream arrived and ushered in a new era of self-aware horror movies like Urban Legend and I Know What You Did Last Summer. The movie also spawned a number of sequels with the most recent entry, Scream 4, released in 2011.
Scream 4 received mixed reviews upon release with many feeling it didn't have much to say about the genre that was fresh. The movie was also considered something of a financial disappointment so is a Scream 5 likely to happen?
Scream 5 & 6 Were Planned
Both Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson confirmed that should Scream 4 be a hit, Scream 5 & 6 would follow. Like with the previous movies, Craven and Williamson had a hard time working with The Weinstein Company on Scream 4, who required constant rewrites and reshoots.
Williamson also departed the sequel during production to focus on his series The Vampire Diaries. No plot details for either Scream 5 or 6 were ever revealed, outside of the fifth film following the survivors of part four. In subsequent interviews following the release of Scream 4, neither Craven nor Williamson sounded very enthused about the idea of another Scream.
The Scream TV Series Debuted In 2015
Any hopes for Scream 5 seemed to dissipate following the announcement of the Scream TV series on MTV. The show followed a new cast of characters and featured none of the actors from the movies. Producer Bob Weinstein also stated the TV series replaced plans for Scream 5.
Scream season 3 has yet to air, despite being way confirmed back in 2016. The third season will consist of just six episodes and will feature the return of the famous Ghostface mask, following its absence from the first two seasons.
Blumhouse Are Interested In Reviving Scream
Blumhouse scored a major success with their Halloween sequel in 2018, and producer Jason Blum revealed they've discussed reviving other horror franchises like Scream and Hellraiser. He also stressed there's no firm plans or deals in place to reboot those properties.
Neve Campbell Cast Doubt On Scream 5
Franchise star Neve Campbell (Skyscraper) stated in an interview with Kinowatter she didn't feel Scream 5 would happen without Wes Craven. Craven passed away in 2015 and directed all of the Scream movies. He would be extremely hard to replace in a potential fifth movie, though co-star David Arquette has expressed interest in returning for Scream 5 and paying tribute to the late director.
With the modern revivals of dormant franchises like Halloween and Candyman, there's a chance Scream 5 or some form of movie reboot could happen, though there's currently little sign of movement on one.