Spyglass Media Group is reportedly moving forward with a reboot of the Scream movies. Created by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson, the Scream films are famous for their self-aware approach to the slasher genre. They've grossed over $600 million at the box office over four movies, which is more than five times their combined budget. With returns like those, it's little wonder why any studio would want to revive the franchise.
A Scream anthology series premiered in 2015 and has aired three seasons so far, but its mythology exists separately from the movies. There was talk of Scream 5 happening prior to Craven's passing four years ago, but it's been radio silence ever since. Neve Campbell, who played the protagonist Sidney Prescott in all four of Craven's Scream films, said she doubts a fourth sequel to the original movie will ever happen just last year. Of course, that doesn't rule out the possibility of a relaunch, instead.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Spyglass is currently in the process of developing a Scream movie reboot. The company acquired the rights to the franchise after its original home, Dimension Films, was put into bankruptcy following the allegations against its co-head, Harvey Weinstein. Blumhouse was rumored to be moving forward with its own Scream reboot this summer, but was quick to shoot the idea down.
Scream is far from the only '80s and '90s horror property that's being actively rebooted at the moment. Spyglass is also working on a revival of the Hellraiser films and has David S. Goyer (Terminator: Dark Fate) set to write the script Elsewhere, Universal has a Candyman sequel-reboot from cowriter/producer Jordan Peele scheduled to arrive next June (Candyman, like Hellraiser, was created by Clive Barker), even as Friday the 13th remains stuck in limbo over rights issues. Meanwhile, The Grudge is set to make a comeback in January, reviving the franchise that began with the Japanese horror series Ju-On in the late '90s.
The first Scream was part of a wave of post-modern slasher films released in the '90s, and ultimately paved the way for the various meta takes on the genre (think The Cabin in the Woods) that've come out since then. There's even been something of a re-examination of Scream 4 of late, as the larger horror fan community has since come to regard the 2011 sequel as an under-appreciated addition to the series. The timing could be perfect for a Scream reboot, in other words, as a response to the ongoing trend of reviving famous slashers for the big screen. Then again, for the very same reason, it might be better if Ghostface simply stayed in retirement and skipped their attempted comeback entirely.
We will bring you more details on the Scream reboot as they become available.
Source: Bloody Disgusting