Posted on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Talk of a fourth movie in the Scream series has been going on for quite a while now. Last I heard, Kevin Williamson was has been developing a screenplay (or trilogy of new films, depending on what source you read), that would reboot the series. Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that Courtney Cox Arquette and David Arquette have been approached about reprising their roles as Gale Weathers and Dwight “Dewey” Riley. No deals have been signed just yet.
But I’m baffled as to why any of the original cast members would be brought back for a reboot. Isn’t the whole point of a reboot to start over? One of the biggest problems of the Scream sequels was that the story became too meta. It was fun when they referenced horror films and played with the horror film conventions, but once they introduced the movie inside the movie based on the incidents in the first film, complete with actors playing the roles, it got far too messy and uninteresting.
I think the best way to go forward with the Scream series is to start over… completely. We don’t need Dewey, Gale, or even Sidney. We just need a bunch of stupid horror movie-educated small-town teenagers spouting overly clever dialogue, running away from a guy in a ghostface mask.
note: the poster in the header image was fan created.