Everything old is new again goes the old saying and studio executives are banking on that old bromide to once again pack multiplexes with a brand spanking new entry in the Scream film franchise. ..
Late last week in a press release via film production arm Radio Silence, it was announced that actor Courteney Cox would be reprising her iconic Gale Weathers role from Scream 1-4 for an already planned Scream 5. This bit of news now officially sees Cox reteamed with former co-star (and former spouse) David Arquette, who will also be returning to the series as loveable yet clueless law enforcement officer Dewey Riley.
In their statement announcing the return of Cox, Radio Silence said: “We can’t imagine Scream without the iconic Gale Weathers and are so incredibly thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to work with Courteney. We’re absolute mega fans of her work and we’re so excited to join her in the next chapter of the Scream saga!”
Writer and creator of the Scream franchise Kevin Williamson has also been announced as returning to the resilient franchise in an executive producing capacity along with Chad Villella. Scream 5 will be brought back to life courtesy of Spyglass Media Group and Paramount Pictures and will feature the capable directing abilities of Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, the powerhouse team behind the lauded film Ready or Not. The duo will be working off of a mucho buzzed about script from wordsmiths James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Vanderbilt, intriguingly enough, has a script writing credit from one of the better films to come out of the studio system in the last twenty or so years, David Fincher’s dark love letter to serial killer obsession, Zodiac, while Busick is no slouch himself with plum assignments such as Castle Rock to his writing credits.
Of course, the real question on most minds when it comes to the continuation of Scream is how to move on past the many high water marks notched up by the late and much missed director Wes Craven, who helmed the first four films in the Scream franchise. Craven made such a stylized mark on Williamson’s original story that his absence will surely be felt in any return to Woodsboro and the real question is how does any new filmmaker veer off into new directions without betraying the spirit of everything Craven built up over four installments? It’s the horror genre equivalent of a sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life directed by anyone other than Frank Capra. Can the intrepid directing pair pull a rabbit out of their hat and deliver a good movie to audiences? Stay tuned.
Details are still being ironed out on whom else – if anyone – from the original cast might be returning for one last scare: Neve Campbell – the heroine of all four Scream entries – revealed recently that directors Bettinelli-Olpin andGillett had been in contact with her. “They’ve come to me,” she revealed to YouTube’s Jake Hamilton. “…We’re having conversations.” For anyone in the Hollywood know, that’s speak for “We’re hammering out contracts and financial matters.” So expect an announcement sooner rather than later on series star Campbell returning to the fold.
Other possible returning Scream alumni include one half of the original film’s slasher duo, Matthew Lillard. Although his character of Stu Macher was left pretty doggone dead during the concluding reel of the first Scream, any self-respecting fan of the horror genre can tell you after umpteen Friday the 13ths and Halloweens that the term “dead” is a relative term.
The tentative battle plan is for Paramount to release Scream 5 in 2021, but that date is subject to change as the world grapples to get a handle on the pandemic.
Stay tuned to Vents for future updates on the return of the Scream franchise.