On Thursday Variety confirmed long-held rumours that the Scream franchise will be reinvigorated with not one but a trilogy of new sequels. Scream 4 is slated to begin production early to mid next year and Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have signed on to star, with legendary spookster Wes Craven in talks to return to the director’s chair. Kevin Williamson penned the script, marking just the second feature credit to his name since the turn of the century. Back in the mid to late 90’s Williamson was going full tilt boogie, with six feature film screenwriting credits to his name from 1996 to 2000 including three Scream movies, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Robert Rodriguez’s The Faculty.
It’s mystifying that it took Dimension (i.e. Harvey and Bob Weinstein) so long to realise that the Scream cash cow has plenty left to milk, especially since the horror/thriller genre isn’t exactly known for restraint in terms of franchise building. The Saw series, for example, has had six instalments – one released every year since 2004.
The most recent Scream film, Scream 3, was released in 2000 and Wes Craven’s last gig was as the director of a segment of Paris, I Love You. Before that he helmed the memorable aeroplane thriler Red Eye in 2005.