When SCREAM 4 came to theaters last spring, the highly-anticipated fourth installment of the lucrative slasher-horror franchise failed to capture the same box-office magic that the previous SCREAM trilogy had done successfully before. While many have speculated that the SCREAM franchise was finally ran out of steam, director Wes Craven insists that SCREAM 5 is likely to get made sooner or later. Talk about optimism. In the meantime, here's what he had to say below.
Yes. The odds are that there will be (a Scream 5). It is something that Bob Weinstein wants to do. He tends to do what he wants to do. So I am inclined to think that there will be (another sequel). 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.
As for the proposed new SCREAM trilogy, Craven is keeping mum about where the next installment (SCREAM 5) might be heading in the future. Here's what he had to say instead.
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.
Hmm... I'm still game for SCREAM 5, but hopefully Craven can come up something new than rehashing the same old formula.