Horror Master Wes Craven Says 'Scream 5' is Likely Coming Together

September 28, 2011
Source: Movieweb

Wes Craven

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.

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Scream 4 was just another generic and derivative horror movie. Emma Roberts shouldn’t have even been in that film. This film series was already repetitious and monotonous. Nothing but a cash grab. And suckers gladly ponied up to watch it. Why do they insist on continuing this tired old franchise?? It’s the same old story over and over. Write something new Hollywood! Wonder when they’ll officially announce Scream 5 and that it will feature the entire casts of Glee, Gossip Girl, Jersey Shore, One Tree Hill and The Only Way Is Essex. Should be a cinch! More cash!

Ryan Rivercrest on Sep 28, 2011


You just really didn't get Scream 4. It was all about the resemblence to the original Scream of '96. History repeats itself. If you don't like the Scream-franchise, just don't watch the movies. But don't ruin it for the people who actually do enjoy the movies. And that, my friend, doesn't make us "suckers". We just love classics... and its sequels. I do, however, have to agree that Emma Roberts shouldn't have starred in Scream 4. One solace: she died in number 4, and in the Scream-franchise dead really means dead. And I want to end with: HELL YEAH, Scream 5 should come!

BilliauN on Sep 28, 2011


Well said, friend. Love the Scream movies and have since '96. Ever since I was a wee, little lad, I wanted to work on them. Maybe by 6 I'll have my film degree and you'll see "Cory Baker - Director of Photography" in the creds.

Cory Baker on Sep 28, 2011


kewl! It'll be like the never ending Jason franshise, or the never ending Micheal Meyers franchise or the Nightmare on Elm Street, or Chucky, or Hellraiser, or Candyman!

Xerxexx on Sep 28, 2011


enuff already!!!

Posthuman on Sep 28, 2011


Scream 4, while definitely flawed, was one of the most thought provoking and smartest horror movies of the past couple years.  Bring it on!

lane on Sep 28, 2011


Fsns want anotehr Scream so why not.  If you don't like the idea of a SCREAM 5 then don't watch it.

Stan Heck on Sep 28, 2011


So... Wes Craven still can't come up with a new horror movie?

Jedibilly on Sep 28, 2011


He doesn't need to, he's proven himself over the passed four decades. 

Cory Baker on Sep 28, 2011


I can't wait!!

Cory Baker on Sep 28, 2011


Scream 4 surprised me it was pretty good, so yeah bring it on.

Jimmy Love on Sep 28, 2011


At least they have a fun story line unlike many horror films...Or, should I say most films period?

Quanah on Sep 28, 2011


Scream 4 was not bad, it had a small reference to part 1 it could've been better with the alternate opening cause the stab movie openings wasn't good at all. But moving on Part 1 is the Best by a long way, then part 3 then part 2. I put part 2 last cause it has little to do with the original, and its a copycat killer and billy's mum who plays little were as part 3 gose back to the begining with Rowman who was with Billy and Stu, so scream 5 hopefully has more of a reference to part 1.  

michael g on Sep 29, 2011


Make it stop.

Jeff Metzger on Sep 29, 2011


Scream 4 was just another generic and derivative horror movie. EmmaRoberts shouldn’t have even been in that film. This film series was alreadyrepetitious and monotonous. Nothing but a cash grab. And suckers gladly ponieup to watch it. Why do they insist on continuing this tired old franchise??It’s the same old story over and over. Write something new Hollywood! Wonderwhen they’ll officially announce Scream 5 and that it will feature the entirecasts of Glee, Gossip Girl, Jersey Shore, One Tree Hill and The Only Way IsEssex. Should be a cinch! More cash! -------------------------------------------------------------- I've seen this comment posted on like 5 sites. Get a damn life, and stop bashing this movie. Yeah, Scream 4 wasn't as good as the orginal, but its a hell of alot better than Scream 3, and 99% of the remakes and reboots their making now.

Charles Schmeltz on Oct 3, 2011


scream was what made me fall in love with horror movies when i was a kid. when i heard scream 4 was coming out i couldn't wait. now that i hear scream 5 is coming out, once again, i can't wait. the scream series is different from other movies today and applying the original in the new one was a good direction. i think scream 4 had the right mixture of suspense and comedy as did the other three. and as for the movie's twists? didn't see them coming from beginning to end. personally i loved it and if you don't like it, then don't see it. why don't you try making a movie that everyone likes and see how that goes.

ggirl on Oct 6, 2011


scream 4 was the best horror movie in a long time and i like all of the scream movies so come 5 and 6

heyu on Oct 9, 2011


Here is an idea! There are three main characters Sydney ,gale and Dewey. Four was good , great infact with trying to guess the killer but whole internet thing was garbage I say this because yes we have advanced with technology but simple is scary 'why do you kill people'? Because you want to be famous ? (not scary) because you like too ? (ultra scary) this brings me to my idea about the past to the new scream Bring back revenge personal reasons for wanting Syd dead for example in the lounge room of sydneys aunt Dewey and Sydney have a moment (honestly saw it in all of the screams appart from 3) Dewey was unhappy in 4 so they get together in 5 and gale is the killer . For no other reason but revenge .or Dewey kills because gale left him to revive her career either way I think its time to either kill a main or make them kill

Asia gathalian on Oct 10, 2011


Scream 4 was the first scream i had ever seen, i got dragged along to a movie that i was convinced i would not like but i was surprised at how good it was. The day after i went and bought the first 3 and loved them too, so if Scream 5 is on its way you can count me in to see it.

Mattattack on Oct 11, 2011


That is exactly what happened to me! Watched 4, loved it, and bought the first three which were awesome!

Zgunth on Oct 16, 2011


Yeah, That happend to me to i never thought i'd like it but i did

Flyme62 on Feb 6, 2012


At the risk of being howled at, I was disappointed. And I am a big fan. Of the franchise and Wes Craven. I felt their was an over-reliance on technology, at the expense of characterisation. Remember, we are supposed to care about at least the three main characters. Also, their dynamic within the movie seemed hampered by the proceedings, and the largely over complicated script. At times I felt I was watching a couple of different genres that did not gel. Courtney Cox was wasted in this movie, as was Neve Campbell, and David Arquette. The lack of cohesion was overwhelming for me, and made me wonder if there was too many people stirring the pot. When this franchise succeeds it's usually because the script is tight, the actors interesting, and a healthy sense of fun and fright about it all. Emma Roberts, was acting in a different movie to the rest, and I saw every plot point coming a mile off. Sorry guys, it could have been better, and I think the next one, if they do it, could learn from the mistakes of this instalment. Oh yeah, and please, give us characters that we like and care about. Rather than nameless entities. Cheers

Perfectharmony65 on Oct 18, 2011


ok I wasn't thrilled with the 4th one at all, particularly the way the main killer acted, so I would like to see them make 5 and send the series out on a high note. They are more than capable and can make a much better, smarter film.

Megatron81 on Oct 23, 2011


Yesyesyes!!! Let scream 5 come on!!:D

Alex on Nov 6, 2011


Scream 5 would be good 🙂 but i hope they don't go past scream 6: I'm worried it would ruin it.

Phili on Nov 10, 2011


i love the scream trilogey.because neve campbell never dies.

Youssef Yazidi on Feb 8, 2013

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