There seem to be some problems emerging with SCREAM 4/SCRE4M which are setting alarm bells¬† ringing with fans around the world. With creator Kevin Williamson either on or off the project¬† (depending what you read) and rewrites of the script having taken place, it’s easy to lose track¬† of what’s actually happening. The film is now shooting., and there seems to be some drama¬† unfolding surrounding the production- that much is certain. This is actually pretty good press¬† for the film though, as there has not been a great deal of positive interest in the project thus¬† far.
A few images of the cast are surfacing online, and a picture of Ghostface was Tweeted by Wes¬† Craven from the set, but nothing is getting folks that excited yet. This fourth film in the¬† slasher franchise was supposed to be ushering in a second trilogy of Scream movies, but is there¬† really that much demand? Surely the most sensible and cost-efficient method would be to just¬† make this one and see if it bombs before spending anything on putting more of them together.
Maybe that’s what has happened, but I can’t help but think that the Scream movies are no longer¬† the powerhouse they once were. Even during their original run, they suffered diminishing¬† returns, and by the time Scream 3 came around, the audience knew what to look for and what to¬† expect when watching them. The Scream movies were so very self referencial that they quickly¬† became a parody of themselves with the third film, and now there is a whole new generation of¬† horror films that have overtaken the old guard.
Here in an age where we’ve got seven SAW movies and remakes of everything under the sun, is¬† there really any room left for Ghostface and the gang? I’d like to think so, as I have good¬† memories of seeing those flicks the first time around, but as a box office draw, is there really¬† enough call for this?
Now, with the news that the production is facing difficulties and the script appears to be¬† mutating while they’re in the middle of shooting, I hope that we are still going to get a¬† halfway decent Scream sequel. Do fans want some more masked shocks? Probably, but how much they¬† want is another matter. The audience has changed. Culture has changed. The world has changed.
Thus, this new Scream needs to have something of a different approach while keeping hold of the¬† elements that made the films so popular in the first place. It has some strong star power,¬† including Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts alongside returning cast members Neve Campbell,¬† Courtney Cox and David Arquette. There’s even been a rumour that Matthew Lillard is back in this¬† flick, which the man himself has denied. Whoever is in it, and whatever shape the script is in¬† by the time it wraps, I’m praying that we’ll get a flick that does the original proud.
Don’t think for a second that I want this film to fail. I’m a Scream fan- I’m just concerned¬† that this new one turns out well and reminds audiences just how much fun it can be to be scared.
Ah hell, at least it’s not a reboot, eh?