Scream 4 came out in 2011 to less than spectacular results, a fact that was both surprising (the first three movies were blockbusters) and unsurprising (but that was ten years earlier). But so confident was Dimension Films that there was still money in the franchise, they greenlit a Scream 5 before the release of number four, but two-and-a-half years later, there’s been no talk about progress on a fifth Scream, and instead there’s been a lot of talk about a Scream TV show. So where do things sit with Scream? Let’s wish upon a Weinstein for the answer…
Harvey Weinstein, while talking to a crowd attending the Zurich International Film Festival, offered some words about Scream beginning with an update on the next film, which Weinstein hopes will be the last one. “Everyone lived in Scream 4,” he told the audience. “I’m begging him to do the movie and just end it. We’ve milked that cow.”
Nice to hear a studio exec use that analogy when talking about one of his artistic properties. To be fair, not “everyone lived” in Scream 4, but I take it he referred specifically to David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, the stars of all four Scream movies. Personally, I don’t see what the point of having a grand finale Scream 5 would be, I think Scream 4 is a pretty good coda for the franchise as it is, and maybe made a little bit of a statement about trying to recapture lightning in a bottle. But then again, Scream 5 isn’t the only potential future Scream project.
Weinstein also talked about the in-development Scream series for MTV. Surprisingly, the Hollywood titan divulged that the series wouldn’t have much in common with the movies aside from the name, and instead it will deal with more supernatural happenings as opposed to real world threats like teenage slasher killers.
It makes sense, but it’s curious given the involvement of former Criminal Minds writers Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, who are writing the pilot, because serial killers are right up their alley. Still, following around a Ghost Face killer all season long is probably unsustainable for a series, even if it would be an interesting, slasher movie spin on recent acclaimed series like The Killing or Broadchurch. Either way, Wes Craven is directing the pilot with an eye for a summer 2014 debut.
Scream 5, meanwhile, has no script, stars or director.
What do you think Bastards, interested in more Scream?