The news that Scream is set for a reboot from Spyglass Media Group, has been welcomed with more skepticism than joy from the horror community.
The Group which is headed by former MGM man Gary Barber, who has already acquired the rights to other former Dimension Films property; Hellraiser with partners Lantern Entertainment, Eagle Pictures, and Cineworld Group.
Are we going to see Pinhead vs. Ghostface? Very unlikely.
In the fall-out from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Dimension Films was seemingly dead, with the opportunity for other studios to acquire their brands such as Hellraiser and Scream at probably a fraction of the previous asking price.
Skyglass struck first when they announced a reboot of Hellraiser, which is currently being written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins).
An attempted resurrection of Ghostface fell completely flat on its pasty white face earlier this year, as the long-delayed third season of the Scream TV series finally aired on VH1. Previously on MTV, the series was shunted to a ‘3-night event’ status to seemingly screen it and then have the company wash their hands of it.
Horror is in an interesting place right now with the rights to A Nightmare on Elm Street recently reverting to the Craven estate, Halloween in full revival mode with two back-to-back sequels in the works whilst Friday the 13th remains in a legal battle.
With Producer Ryan Turek a known fan of the Ghostface series it was hoped by many that Blumhouse, given their resurgence of Michael Myers, would buy the rights and continue to series in some guise. It seems Spyglass has beaten them to the punch, now we all wait to see how their revivals of two of the most popular horror franchises turn out.
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