I don’t know whether the world is ready for another Scream film. They were timely back when the slasher/horror genre was tired enough to make fun of but still coherent. Now, even the Scary Movie franchise (which, by the way, might be receiving a reboot, however that would work) doesn’t even have a good idea left. Scream 4 can no longer just rely upon the same slasher cliches that the series originally lampooned.
I don’t know what this will exactly mean for the series, but Cinema Blend is reporting that Wes Craven is likely to return as director for the fourth film in the series:
News on The Weinstein’s next installment in the Scream franchise has been trickling out for months. So far we know that Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox are on board to return in some capacity; but just exactly who’s directing this thing has been something of a mystery. Tonight we’ve learned from reliable sources that Wes Craven, who directed all three previous Scream movies, is back at the helm.
Returning directors either have the capacity to rely on the same old things that worked before or reinvent the entire formula. On that note, Cinema Blend also says, via sources, that Neve Campbell’s part may not be “big”, but that could mean a number of things. It could mean a simple cameo, or it could mean that she’s not the main star. Nothing official is known at the moment.