When Kevin Williamson sat down to re-visit the “Scream” franchise, he always made it pretty clear that he envisioned it as a whole new trilogy. Of course, when he said that, and “Scream 4” began casting its pretty young new things, we all assumed the new trilogy would be focused on the newer, younger, hipper kids, and not the aging, not-so-hip anymore original cast of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, who were probably there to pass the torch. Then we found out that ol Kevin Williamson always intended to pull a fast one on us, and I have to admit, he totally got one over me.
So now where does that leave the franchise? According to Weinstein Company chief Harvey Weinstein, who has produced every “Scream” film since the first one, a fifth movie is definitely still coming despite underwhelming box office returns for “Scream 4”. Weinstein tells MTV:
I’m sure [director Wes Craven is] going to do a sequel, I’m sure he’s going to do a sequel. Foreign [sales] are so strong that we’ll do over $100 million worldwide. It’s at $90 now, with about five or six major countries to go and a lot of small ones. We’ll probably do $110 million. I wish it would have been better domestically, but it’s not the worst thing in the world that’s ever happened.
Not so sure about ol Harvey’s math there, kids. While it was made for around $40 million, and has topped off at $37 million Stateside, “Scream 4” has barely chugged along to $50 million overseas, and currently stands at $87 million worldwide. That’s definitely not the kind of numbers the Weinstein Company was daydreaming about when they promoted the living crap out of the movie earlier this year, and PR costs probably put the film’s final budget around what it’s currently making.
Still, there’s DVD and cable to consider, so chances are if the film breaks even or goes a dollar into the black, you can expect a “Scream 5” sometime soon. Personally, I haven’t a clue where the franchise can go after the twisty ending of “Scream 4”, though I suppose Kevin Williamson has a plan, and it would be intriguing to find out, and just how long he intends to keep the old cast together…