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?