EW currently has an interview with Wes Craven, the only director the “Scream” franchise has ever known and will probably ever know if he has anything to do with it. The folks at EW were also kind enough to include a much-too-small version of the “Scream 4” teaser poster (to your left). It’s EW, they always go for the small pics for some strange reason. Maybe they’re trying to save bandwidth? Or maybe they’re just clueless. Either/or.
Here are the “Scream 4” parts of the interview (the rest is about horror as a genre, etc). First up, what’s been going on with Sid, Gale, Dewey, and who are these “new kids” that are supposed to take over the franchise after part four?
“It’s a total integration of those three and new kids. The story of Sid, Gale, and Dewey is very much a part of the movie… There have been 10 years of no Ghostface, but there has been the movie-within-a-movie Stab. We have fun with the idea of endless sequels, or “sequelitis” as Kevin calls it in the script. Sid goes through these three horrendous things, and Stab was based on those horrible things. And then they’ve been taken by a studio and run into the ground in a series of sequels. She has been off by herself and living her own life, and she’s even written a book that has gotten a lot of critical acclaim. She’s kind of put her life back together in the course of these 10 years. But, certainly, there would be no Scream without Ghostface, so she has to confront him again, but now as a woman who has really come out the darkness of her past.”
Talk about post-modern hip. Williamson is writing about “sequelitis” in the script for “Scream 4” when “Scream 4” itself is the victim of just — a totally manufactured sequel made because the people involved, well, kinda all need a hit at the moment. Really, it’s as simple as that, and trying to deny it would be just plain silly.
So, will they continue to open the film with a death, or would that be just a tad too familiar? Or, as Williamson might put it, too “self-aware”?
“That’s a strong possibility. [Laughs] Certainly, you will recognize what Bob calls the DNA of the film: a very complex murder mystery, a shocking action picture, wonderful humor based on character, and lots of surprises, as well as a movie that kind of copies itself. It’s a pretty amazing script.”
I have nothing against people making a buck as long as there’s an audience for it, and there is very much still an audience for a “Scream” movie. And according to the poster, “Scream 4” will make its case for still being relevant when it opens April 15, 2011.