Wes Craven Talks New Scream Trilogy

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The “Scream” movies have only known one director: Wes Craven. Now with talks of a new “Scream” trilogy on the horizon with Kevin Williamson back to script all three, it goes without saying: will Wes Craven return to direct? While Across the Pond to promote the remake of his “The Last House on the Left”, Craven was asked about the new “Scream” movies, and the horror director spilled quite a bit, including the fact that the Arquettes have all but signed on to the new movies, and that they may be the only returning faces from the first three, with the rest made up of new victims — er, I mean, characters.

Some of the highlights from Craven’s interview with Digital Spy:

- Craven expects a script by Williamson by August, and while all parties would like him to return to direct, he is not opposed to it, but it would depend on the script. (That’s what they all say. What he really means is, how much you gonna pay me?)

- The first of the new “Scream” movies is indeed meant to be a trilogy.

- The Arquettes are all but signed, but they may be the only ones. No Neve Campbell, according to Craven.

And finally, Wes Craven is not so much ticked off that the “Scary Movies” made fun of the “Scream” films, but is kind of grumpy about the fact that they reused his shots and he didn’t get paid for it. Hey, wouldn’t you be?

Below: “Wait, what? I’m not in the new ‘Scream’ movies? Damn you, Kevin Williamson!”

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  • Pete_Diesel

    I was one of those people who THOROUGHLY enjoyed the original Scream film back in 1996. It was such a relevant piece of bringing back the entire genre to where it now stands and noone can argue that. Kevin Williamson always said that he saw it as a trilogy and because of his writing, he was able to pull the sequel off without too much of a downward trend. Scream 3 (2000) was the one film that wasn't written by Kevin Williamson and unfortunately, it showed.

    Hearing that many of the original core cast/crew are getting back together for another film is welcome news to me. If anyone can pull this thing off it's going to be Kevin Williamson himself, because for some reason, he and Wes Craven are one hell of a creative team! The original has been so far removed from peoples minds that I don't see how anything could really detract from it, regardless of how bad it turns out. I just remember the feeling I had sitting in the theatre, just GRIPPED, watching Drew Barrymore get stalked around that big house and to be honest, nothing has given me that kind of feeling since. Kevin Williamson is a master storyteller and so is Wes Craven. Kevin once said “Scream is my baby” and I have absolutely no reason to think he's not going to add something spectacular to the next installment. I'm really looking forward to this one! Hope it's every bit as good as the first one.

  • Pete_Diesel

    I was one of those people who THOROUGHLY enjoyed the original Scream film back in 1996. It was such a relevant piece of bringing back the entire genre to where it now stands and noone can argue that. Kevin Williamson always said that he saw it as a trilogy and because of his writing, he was able to pull the sequel off without too much of a downward trend. Scream 3 (2000) was the one film that wasn't written by Kevin Williamson and unfortunately, it showed.

    Hearing that many of the original core cast/crew are getting back together for another film is welcome news to me. If anyone can pull this thing off it's going to be Kevin Williamson himself, because for some reason, he and Wes Craven are one hell of a creative team! The original has been so far removed from peoples minds that I don't see how anything could really detract from it, regardless of how bad it turns out. I just remember the feeling I had sitting in the theatre, just GRIPPED, watching Drew Barrymore get stalked around that big house and to be honest, nothing has given me that kind of feeling since. Kevin Williamson is a master storyteller and so is Wes Craven. Kevin once said “Scream is my baby” and I have absolutely no reason to think he's not going to add something spectacular to the next installment. I'm really looking forward to this one! Hope it's every bit as good as the first one.