Amidst the COVOD-19 virus taking headlines all over the world, last week it was announced that a fifth Scream movie is in the works.
Since the passing of Wes Craven in 2015, horror fans have wondered who could take the reins of the franchise in a continuation of 2011’s Scream 4 or a reboot.
The chosen two, in this case, are Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, best known for last year’s action-horror comedy Ready or Not, starring Samara Weaving.
Besides this, their CV’s are quite slim having started with shorts before gravitating to anthologies with 2012’s V/H/S and three years with Southbound.
There is always slight trepidation when lesser-known writers and directors are awarded jobs on big-name franchises. Lest we forget when David Gorden Green was announced for Halloween (2018), and in terms of box office that certainly turned out well with a $258m worldwide gross.
With the production woes that encountered MTV’s TV series of Scream, here is hoping that Ghostface gets the star treatment and comes back in a big way.
One big criticism of Scream 4 was the lack of marketing, which I felt certainly contributed to its poor box office takings.
Series stalwart Kevin Williamson is also returning as an executive producer, but hopefully, Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett will not run into the writing woes that befell Ehren Kruger for Scream 3 in 2000.
With teen shows such as Riverdale and Locke and Key bringing in large numbers for Netflix, there is also an opportunity to cast some recognisable names to help raise the profile and bring Ghostface to a new generation.
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