Kevin Williamson is Not Above Beating a Dead Dog, Talks Scream 4 and 5

Scream (1996) Movie ImageKevin Williamson is a busy man. He’s the creator of the CW’s teen vampire show “The Vampire Diaries”, and he’s currently putting the finishing touches on the fourth “Scream” movie. Besides that, he’s got “Scream 5” hanging around in the near future, waiting for him to beat it into shape. In an interview with MTV, Williamson updates the masses on how the writing is going, and what exactly will comprise the plot of part four. And oh yeah, something about “beating a dead dog” by returning to the franchise.

“It’s going good. I’ve gotta finish that baby… The fourth one is an ensemble. It’ll take place right now, 10 years later, and it’s going to take place in [Sidney Prescott’s hometown of] Woodsboro. We’ll have our three main characters, and we’ll be introducing several more… We’ll also be introducing a little group, a little ensemble of new castmembers. That’ll take us through the next three.”

I wonder if that means the returning Sidney (Neve Campbell), Gale (Courteney Cox) and Dewey (David Arquette) are only there to serve as a bridge to the new group of kids? I’m not the biggest “Scream” fan out there, but it would make a lot of sense. After all, there’s only so many situations you can put Sidney into before it gets ridiculous.

Speaking of which, Williamson also admits that the world of horror is now full of self-referential and smart-aleck movies ala “Zombieland” and umpteenth remakes, and says he realizes he’s “beating a dead dog” with the return to the “Scream” franchise. That awareness, hopefully, will result in a decent trio of horror movies.

Scream 4 (2011) Movie Poster