Although Scream 4 served as a helpful reminder that we didn’t really need another Scream movie, apparently not everyone got the message. Because the film grossed $97 million worldwide off a $40 million budget (plus P&A), director Wes Craven believes Scream 5 could be on the way. The director tells Movieweb:
The odds are that there will be (a Scream 5). It is something that Bob Weinstein wants to do. He tends to do what he wants to do. So I am inclined to think that there will be (another sequel). Whether I will be a part of it or not? I don’t know. My contract gives me the first look. If they show me something that is really wonderful? Of course I will be a part of it.
Back in April 2010, we reported that Craven was already signed for Scream 5 and Scream 6, but it now appears that he simply had first-look deals rather than a firm commitment to helm a new trilogy. Hit the jump for more details.
Craven also tells MovieWeb that all the movies spring from writer Kevin Williamson:
Kevin Williamson has been the writer since day one. He has been the writer on all of these projects, at least at the beginning of them. Typically what will happen is that Bob Weinstein or Kevin Williamson will come up with a new idea, and they will pitch it to one or the other. If they both like it, they will toss it around and see if they can develop it into an overarching concept. Then I get the telephone call. They say, “We have something to show you.”
As for Craven getting first look at the next two movies, he explains:
The idea was that we were doing the first in a new trilogy. We had to wait to see if we made enough money on each film to make the next one viable. If that happens, those two will come up with the concepts and an idea that is worth fulfilling.
So where does the next film go? The problem is that it didn’t seem like Scream 4 was building into a larger storyline as much as it seemed like the emphasis was where it always had been: Who’s the killer and who dies? There may be some in-no-way subtle commentary on the horror genre, but the reason they keep the script under lock and key isn’t because they’re trying to protect the story, but because they care about protecting the identity of who lives, who dies, and who kills.