Scream 4 screenwriter reveals details
The original writer of the Scream series has returned to Scream 4, and while he's been back for a while and working on the script, a script that's been responsible for the return of Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and now the elusive Neve Campbell, we've not heard that much about it from him. However that changed when he revealed the set-up for the fourth film.
Actually he confirmed it and expanded on it, because already there have been a few comments from the Weinstein company and some others involved that this would be a restart of the franchise running into three films and with a new crowd, and that looks like what they're set to do.
Kevin Williamson is the writer who originally created the Scream franchise, on paper anyway, and while we wait to hear if Wes Craven will return too, he's busy at work trying to finish that script for Scream 4, and at the same time, he's looking to complete the script for Scream 5 – yes this is definitely going to become a new trilogy.
While he's typing away he gave a quick few words on the story and which direction it was set to go in:
”The fourth one is an ensemble...It'll take place right now, 10 years later, and it's going to take place in [Sidney Prescott's hometown of] Woodsboro. We'll have our three main characters, and we'll be introducing several more.”
Now initially I thought that was fine. It wasn't too bad. We were going to see the original character return with some new ones, that wouldn't follow the Hollywood restart formula and hand over to a younger set of characters to start a new Scream trilogy as we'd heard from the producers.
Then he keeps talking to MTV, and we get the bad news.
”We'll also be introducing a little group, a little ensemble of new castmembers. That'll take us through the next three.”
Bang. There you go. That's the confirmation. The original characters will be back for this Scream film, probably get killed off one by one, or be the killers, who knows, and then Scream 5 will be about it all happening again with a brand new team. Brilliant, or not rather.
Mind you, Scream has always been very self aware, and one of the charms of the series is the fact that it does poke fun at itself and the formulaic way in which the characters and plots develop, and that doesn't look set to change according to Williamson.
”I guess I'll just have to be very aware of the fact that we're a '4' and that we're beating a dead dog. I'm going to make that very apparent in the dialogue...
...Come on...It's the age of the remake! And 3-D and all that [other horror fad material], can you imagine what ['Scream' movie-within-a-movie] 'Stab 10' is like?”
It is most definitely the age of the remake, and we should take that into consideration when thinking about Scream 4, because it is going to poke some fun, and Hollywood, with a sharp knife. Still, why carry on for another two, and with a completely new team? Can that really work? Willl audiences really accept that?