The Scream saga will return with a fifth installment which will take a very different direction from that taken so far by director Wes Craven.
With all-out reboots of cult franchises, especially horrific ones, it seemed almost obvious that the Scream saga was not going to be orphaned for very long after its creator Wes Craven passed away in 2015. After four films more or less appreciated by fans, a fifth part is currently in production, under the leadership of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, directors of Wedding Nightmare .
If this new opus will introduce a slew of new characters played by Jack Quaid ( The Boys ), Jenna Ortega ( The Babysitter 2 ), Melissa Barrera, Dylan Minnette ( 13 Reasons Why ) or even Kyle Gallner ( Veronica Mars ), it will mainly see the return of the emblematic protagonists of previous films . After months of hesitation, Neve Campbell will resume the role of Sydney Prescott, alongside Courteney Cox as Gale Weather, David Arquette as Deputy Sheriff Dewey Riley and finally Marley Shelton, who will once again play Judy Hicks. .
Neve Campbell in Scream 4
Despite everything, going after Wes Craven is a delicate exercise and this fifth opus does not intend to play imitators. It will thus offer something new, which will deviate from the meta style that contributed to the success of the franchise and reached its climax in Scream 3 (which we defend on this side).
During a round table organized by Looped, the writer and producer of the franchise, Kevin Williamson gave several details about this change of tone, even though the directors partly used the process in their previous feature film with parody accents. :
“We just have to do the opposite of what we did. I'm afraid the franchise will run out with all of its deconstruction [note: horror genre] and its meta side, we can only do a limited number of times. Since then, quite a few people have made horror films like this or in the same vein. “
Change of style, but no mask
“What I love about the new Scream is that it takes a new approach. It's a beautiful new movie, but there's also that nostalgic factor going through it. For me, it's a mix. perfect. So that was what excited me the most. I'm blown away by the directors, and I was really nervous because no one will ever be Wes Craven. I was really hesitant to go on and on with it. participate, and I'm glad I did because I think Wes will be proud. “
Fans can therefore expect more seriousness in the return of Ghostface, which goes somewhat against Kyle Gallner's previous statement on the original spirit that this new feature was supposed to retain, at unless it is the feeling of nostalgia evoked by the screenwriter.
So we'll have to wait for the first trailer to get a better idea of what awaits us on January 12, 2022. In the meantime, our Wedding Nightmare review is right here.