The Screen Room
Scream 5 Announcement, Plus a General Rant About the Franchise
Earlier this week I read that a fifth Scream movie is in the works.
So far both David Arquette and Courtney Cox who played Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers (respectively) in the previous four instalments have signed on, while Neve Campbell who played the poor tortured would-be victim, Sidney Prescott is currently in talks.
There are also rumours that Matthew Lillard who, (SPOILER ALERT) played Stu Macher, one of the two killers in the original film could possibly return to the franchise. Since he died at the end of the movie though (or did he..?) I wonder how they’d go about doing that.
According to Lillard himself on a podcast in 2010, he was originally meant to return in Scream 3 (2000), masterminding Sidney’s murder from his prison cell having survived the whole stabbing and TV-in-the-face/electrocution debacle. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) the whole script got re-written and he didn’t end up appearing in the film at all.
I really like the first two films. The original was fresh, it revived Drew Barrymore’s career and it breathed new life into the slasher movie genre. The second was a really good follow up with some great moments and a pretty decent twist. Sadly though like with most popular franchisable movies they’ve flogged the whole thing almost to death.
The third movie felt like it was just going over the same old ground and I had the killer pegged after about ten minutes.
Scream 4 was better, but it still wasn’t as good as it should’ve been considering the amount of time (11 years) the writer (Kevin Williamson) had to come up with the story.
This new film is being written and directed by a new team so who knows what it’ll be like?
I’ll definitely watch it just because I love the genre and the first two films remind me of a good time in my life.
What do you think?
Do we need another Scream movie?
Are you a fan of the franchise? If so, which is your favourite out of the four films?
Let me know below.