It looks suspiciously like somebody has slipped Bob Weinstein a shot of truth serum because he’s just spilled enough Dimension dirt to keep me blogging for a week. Buckle up, however, because I’m going to blast through it all in one big burst. After the break: Scream 4 casting and director news, Spy Kids 4 details, promises of a string of remakes and sequels set to be shot in 3D and even a little reveal about the release strategy for The Road.
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David Arquette has told E! Online that he will definitely be returning for the next Scream installment, as will his wife, Courtney Cox. We’ve known for a good while that they were in talks for the project, but Arquette is now treating it like a done deal. Amusingly, he imparted this news to the E! reporter from his plastic cubicle above Madison Square Garden. Snoot and sneer at him for hanging up there all you want, but at least check out the charity he’s supporting – Feeding America. Kudos, Mr. Arquette.
After the break, some Arquette quotes on what he knows, and doesn’t know, about the next Scream picture, and why he said yes to coming back.
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Don’t expect series star Neve Campbell to return as Sidney Prescott in Scream 4. Series screenwriter Kevin Williamson, who is developing the script for the first part of a new trilogy, has revealed on twitter that Campbell has turned down an offer to return in the next installment.
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Last week it was reported that Courtney Cox Arquette and David Arquette have been approached about reprising their roles as Gale Weathers and Dwight “Dewey” Riley for a fourth Scream movie. It was originally rumored that the film would be a complete reboot, but with returning characters, it seems more like a proper sequel.We now have further clarification from screenwriter Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven.
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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.
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RopesOfSilicon received an anonymous email which contained a screenshot from the William Morris Agency Intranet (basically, the internal internet of Hollywood’s top talent agency). The screenshot shows a company email announcing that original Scream scribe Kevin Williamson has signed on to script a new trilogy of Scream films for The Weinstein Co. It should be noted that we’re not sure if this is real or fake, but we’ve heard rumblings for some time that The Weinstein Co wanted to make another Scream film. But three Scream films? Especially in this down economy? You never know, horror always sells — look at how much Lionsgate makes off the Saw franchise year after year. But for right now lets mark this as rumor.
If Weinstein Co does launch a new Scream film, I would expect it to be more of a reboot than sequel, possibly with some of the original players coming back in some cameo capacity. The thing I liked about the original Scream was the meta aspect of it all. Having a horror movie in a world where the characters have seen all the horror moves, and playing off the conventions of the genre in fun anc clever ways. The sequels suffered from being even more meta, with the characters discussing a movie basd on the events of the original film, and introducing actors who played some of the actors from that original film. The whole thing got confusing, unrelatable and pretty dumb. I would hope that if they do a next film, it would be set in a more reality based world than the Scream sequels, and reference real horror movies instead of the Stab series.
A couple weeks back, we told you that The Weintein Co were developing Scream 4. At Comic Con, Wes Craven told MTV that he has had discussions with Bob Weinstein about a fourth Scream film, but is hesitant to be involved due to the disaster that was his last collaboration with the Weinteins, Cursed. Craven also confirmed that screenwriter Kevin Williamson would most likely be brought back for the fourth film.
I would like to see an almost total reboot. The first Scream was a meta take on the slasher film genre, it would be interesting that have a fourth Scream film set in our world where Scream was a big horror franchise, and there is a copycat killing young teens. But at the same time they need to refrain from making it too meta and self involved, something the two sequels suffered from.
Disclaimer: The poster to the right is a fan creation.
Update: BloodyDisgusting have confirmed this story to be false. As you can see below, we were working on JoBlo’s report. But apparently the story originated from a blogspot page claiming to be the official blog of The Weinstein Co. So as of right now, Scream 4 is not announced, nor in development.
The Weinstein Co have greenlit Scream 4, according to JoBlo.com. “The fans have been asking for a 4th Scream movie for years and we’re finally giving it to them. As far as details go, we’re only in the planning stages and we may not get around to it [Scream 4] for quite some time, but rest assured, it will happen.” Scream was a fresh new take on the horror genre. Sure, it was responsible for the horrible string of post modern horror. But for a minute let’s just forget that. Sure, the sequels weren’t up to par with Kevin Williamson’s original screenplay. I blame it on the series eventual obsession with referencing itself. I think the great thing about the original film was that it used the conventions of the film genre with and against itself. It was hip to be cool and reference horror flicks, but not in a talky “we’re trying to insert pop culture into the dialogue” type way. The good news is that Scream 3 screenwriter Ehren Kruger is likely not part of the fourth film, due to his new commitment on Transformers 2. Let’s hope they bring Kevin Williamson back to work on the script. And let me suggest that we totally abandon the whole Sydney character and the movie within the movie concept. I think it’s best to revamp the series with a new set of characters, a new cast, and a new story. And before someone asks, The poster to the upper right is a mock-up we created from the first film’s one-sheet, and is in no way an official release.