Wes Craven On for Scream 4? Yes, Scream 4?!
Michael Bay's horror sequels/reboots/re-imaginings are questionable enough, but a fourth installment of the Scream franchise strikes me as even more worrisome. A few weeks ago it was confirmed that the Weinsteins would be pursuing a third sequel to the franchise that started with a butchering bang back in 1996. More recently, MTV caught up with horror savant Wes Craven, the man behind the entire franchise anyway, who outright confirmed that "there has been talk between Bob Weinstein and me about doing another Scream." Might I ask the obvious question: why?!
While the original Scream was some really good work, the two films that followed definitely created a downward trend for the series, at least in terms of quality. Even though each film earned about $100 million apiece (domestically), their respective ratings on Rotten Tomatoes go from 84% to 79% to 39%. When the Weinsteins say, "the fans have been asking for a 4th Scream movie for years and we’re finally giving it to them," I wonder who those fans might be? That third film from 2000 seems like it would have left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. It did for me. You?
Wes Craven's potential involvement certainly gives the project some credibility and a glimmer of hope, but he's definitely not locked in yet. “My last experience [with the Weinsteins] was kind of rough with Cursed so it would have to be under very, very controlled circumstances." Cursed was definitely, um… cursed, with troubled production and infighting, which afforded it a paltry $19 million domestic gross and a very sad 16% rating. However, Craven was responsible for that last Scream film as well, so it's not like he'll necessarily be the savior of the Scream return this time around either.
To describe my interest in this project as marginal would be too kind. I definitely enjoyed the film that started the series, but that was also because of Neve Campbell. Speaking of, where the hell has she been lately? And even though the Weinsteins are keen to bring back the original cast, I can't even look forward to seeing the Wild Things co-star as she's quoted as saying, "We were really lucky with the Scream films to actually make a good trilogy… but I think it was a good idea for me to stop there… to me, [Scream 4] just doesn't make sense." Are you screaming with delight at this news?