Are you ready? I’m about to drop an A-bomb of truth on you, a fact so shocking and heartbreaking that you’re liable to start bleeding through your eye lids and earlobes. Okay, brace yourselves…….here goes: Hollywood is fucking lazy, and would rather pour gas in an old, tired franchise’s tank than assemble the engine of something fresh and original.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Now that the shock and awe are out of the way, chew on this: no longer just a heinous rumor, it’s been confirmed that the Weinstein Company is working with once-hot, now-not screenwriter Kevin Williamson (creator of Dawson’s Creek, writer of all three Screams, as well as Robert Rodriguez’s awesome The Faculty) on a new Scream trilogy. Not just a fourth unnecessary film, but sequels number 4, 5, and 6. Naturally, David Arquette is set to return as “Dewey”—-what else does that guy have to do nowadays? His wife, Courtney Cox-Arquette, is also coming back, which is somewhat more shameful than her hubby’s re-dipping into the Scream dish. Wisely on her part, Neve Campbell is, as of now, no part of this, though her impotent career could probably use this uninspired boost.
Over at Digital Spy earlier today, they’ve published a short Q&A with Wes Craven, who directed all three of the Scream flicks, and who hasn’t directed a great horror film of his own within the last decade. There’s a chance that he has an ace card up his sleeve with this year’s 25/8, a new Craven-helmed original slasher film that is looking for a firm release date. So, the question exists: if 25/8 is successful, will Craven turn that into its own franchise? I’d hope so, because maybe that’d prevent him from signing on to direct these new Scream films. Because, as far as I’m concerned, the Scream saga ended as Scream 2’s end credits appeared; Scream 3 just sucks, plain and simple.
There’s no need for any more Screams, other than to pad the Weinsteins pockets a bit. Easy bucks for those two. I get that, makes perfect sense from their perspective. As a fan of original horror and of the original two Scream films, though, this news is the pits.
Link to Digital Spy/Craven interview: Wes Craven dishes on ‘Scream 4’