Horror Master Wes Craven Says 'Scream 5' is Likely Coming Together
Back in July of 2009, when Scream 4 was only just coming together and rounding up the surviving members of the original cast for a reunion, franchise director and horror master Wes Craven confirmed rumors that the sequel would kick-off a new trilogy. Now with the Blu-ray/DVD release of Scream 4 coming on October 4th, there's no better time for the filmmaker to offer a hopeful update for Scream 5. Speaking with MovieWeb, Craven says, "Yes. The odds are that there will be [another Scream]. It is something that Bob Weinstein wants to do. He tends to do what he wants to do." But will Craven sit in the director's chair again?
Until the script comes across his desk, Craven says, "Whether I will be a part of it or not? I don't know. My contract gives me the first look. If they show me something that is really wonderful? Of course I will be a part of it." And as of right now, Craven is being secretive about where the franchise might be headed after a rather ambiguous ending to Scream 4. The director says:
"I'd have to kill you if I told you. Its better to have an ending where you can't tell where it's going to go next. Than to have an ending where you go, "Oh, that is the hook for the sequel. That is the hook for the next one." We felt it was better to let the audience speculate than to have all of these clues placed in their lap. It's not a matter of not being smart enough [to figure out how 4 ties into 5]. We're clever at this. Let's just put it that way."
Of course, at this point, it only sounds like Craven has a vague idea of where this new trilogy will go since he's not really the main brain behind the Ghostface killer franchise that revitalized horror in the late 90's. Craven says:
"Most people think that I sit around and think up ideas. Then I send them to the studio. 'With Scream,' that is not the case. Kevin Williamson has been the writer since day one.
Going into ['Scream 4'], the first meeting I had with Kevin Williamson, he did sketch out a 'Scream' 5 and 6. The idea was that we were doing the first in a new trilogy. We had to wait to see if we made enough money on each film to make the next one viable. If that happens, [Williamson and prducer Bob Weinstein] will come up with the concepts and an idea that is worth fulfilling."
So there you have it. As long as enough money pours in from the impending Blu-Ray/DVD release on top of the decent box office return, I'm betting we'll see at least one more Scream sequel. Honestly, though the fourth installment didn't deliver the same thrills as the original film, the revelation of who the killer was this time around was definitely a fun twist. If anything, these films have become a subtle parody of themselves, but in a way that still make them enjoyable rather than laughable. Here's hoping Craven returns to the director's chair, and that we'll find out what's next for Sidney Prescott soon.