We have waited long enough for a new Scream trilogy: Scream 5 needs to happen


Scream opened in theaters in December 1996 redefining the horror genre, scaring audiences, grossing over $170 million dollars worldwide. A trilogy was developed, about a decade later, a new trilogy was promised, but wasn’t delivered.

Scream (1996) was penned by Kevin Williamson, and directed by the horror mastermind, Wes Craven. It redefined the horror genre with its opening act with Drew Barrymore. It was a refreshing take, being meta, scary, along with the iconic Ghostface mask. And one of the famous lines, “Virgins never die”.

The best part about the Scream franchise? The character development. You care about the characters: Sidney, Gale, and Dewey. You cheer them on, you feel for them. We fell in love with them. That’s what I value and greatly appreciate in movies.

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Not only that, but you see how the characters no longer fear Ghostface. They went from being afraid of him to now fighting back. “Go ahead if you have the guts”.

That’s why Kevin is such an incredible screenwriter. That’s rare in horror movies. The focus wasn’t so much about the gore, hot girls, sex (although in the first installment, Billy wanted sex with Sidney, it wasn’t the focus of the movie, you get my point..).

All three movies were phenomenal and the movies certainly have a cult following. All four movies were penned by Kevin Williamson, along with being directed by Wes Craven. Kevin wrote the scripts and he let Craven handle the killing scenes, as he was good with that.

About a decade later after Scream 3 (2000) ended, Dimension Films greenlit a new trilogy, making Scream 4 the new chapter with new rules with a 5 and 6 to be the next two installments. Kevin, Wes Craven, and the original cast signed on to return.

Unfortunately, Kevin clashed with the Weinsteins. The company was second guessing everything and parted with Kevin. He also had a contractual contract with The Vampire Diaries with Warner Bros, so that came first. Ehren Kruger ended up writing the rest of Scream 3 and Scream 4. Ugh, I wasn’t happy about that, and should a Scream 5 happen, please just bring Kevin back and let him write from start to finish.

Scream 4 (2011) tanked ($40 million production budget, grossed $38m domestically and $97 million worldwide) due to lack of advertisement (I probably can count up to 10 commercials that I saw on TV. This led to us waiting for Scream 5, which hasn’t developed yet. The fourth installment didn’t make as much money as Dimension Films would have hoped for.

MTV then created the Scream TV Series in 2011 and the fans including me voiced their opinions. Yeah, we were pretty upset about that, and we still are.

Dimension Films teased fans in 2011  on social media about them making Scream 5, which never happened, at least, not yet. The best thing? The fans flooded them on both Facebook and Twitter with the answer as you all guessed: Scream 5. It could be the studio testing the water, but it seems that they making this happen on how they worded their social media posts. Regardless, hopefully, we’ll get a 5 and 6 soon.

Unfortunately, Wes passed away in 2015 at the age of 76 due to brain cancer.  It was a loss, especially as he was the horror mastermind. The Weinsteins also filed a bankruptcy due to the scandal going on, so I’m hoping a studio can purchase the rights to the Scream franchise, treat it right and diligently for the fans, bring back Kevin so he can write and direct the movies.

Maybe Universal can purchase it? As they always treat their movies right.  *Looks at Fast and Furious Saga* or perhaps Warner Bros? *Looks at the Harry Potter franchise* That would be a sweet homage and the fans would probably support him.

It’s almost Halloween time. This would be the best time for a studio to announce that they’re purchasing the rights to Scream and green-lighting Scream 5 and 6.

Neve told an interviewer this year that it would be hard for Scream 5 to happen since Wes Craven passed away and he is the heart of the franchise. They can’t imagine having the movie being directed by someone else instead of Craven:

"“Well, ya know, I think it would be challenging… Wes Craven passed away… he was the reason those movies were so good,” Campbell responded. “I mean, obviously Kevin Williamson wrote brilliant scripts. But ya know, Wes was the heart of the thing. He was what kept the dynamic consistence. I think it would be difficult to work with another director.”Campbell added, “But ya never know.”"

Of course, let Kevin do his thing and don’t get involved with him as he clearly knows how to write shows and movies (Scream 1-4, Dawson’s Creek, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, The Vampire Diaries and The Following).

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All I ask: Don’t kill any of the original characters off. Bring back the gang, we all miss Sidney, Gale, and Dewey. I love them, and they’re the heart of the franchise. And don’t get involved creatively with the writers. Recruit Kevin back and we’re good to go, too.