And so our week with Wes Craven comes to a close. We've been fortunate enough to have the "Scream 4" director as our guest editor this week covering topics including his latest horror film's origin story, the casting process, what goes into making a scary movie trailer and the evolution of horror over the past decade.
When "Scream 4" arrives in theaters next week, we'll return to Woodsboro to watch old friends Sidney, Dewey and Gale do their best to stop Ghostface's latest killing spree. But what happens then? If we walk away from "Scream 4" still itching for more from camp Craven, where should we turn next?
"Well, I guess they have to wait for 'Scream 5,'" Wes told me with a laugh when asked about the next step for "Scream 4" fans left wanting more. That's right — the horror is only just beginning.
"When I had my first conversation with [screenwriter Kevin Williamson] about this whole thing, he had an idea for a new trilogy," he explained. "And I think that was Bob Weinstein's thing also about waiting so long — if there were to be a 'Scream 4,' there would also probably be a 'Scream 5' and a 'Scream 6' sooner or later so we could construct a new trilogy that kind of stood on its own."
For Wes, was it necessary to put so much distance between "Scream 3" and "Scream 4" in order to ensure a high-quality continuation of the series, as opposed to pumping out an immediate batch of sequels that had less meaning?
"I think so, very much," he said. "I think a very significant indicator of the dedication that Bob Weinstein has to this franchise is not doing the serious 'Scream' movie again for a long time. Not only has the audience been deprived of it for a long time, but enough time and events in the young characters' lives had a chance to occur."
As a result, you can bet that Craven, Williamson and their colleagues are already dreaming up new nightmares for future "Scream" installments. But that's not to say that a sequel will come easily.
"It's a process that I think all of us go through, trying to stay fresh and not repeating our last acts," he said. "What is next? What thoughts are in my mind that are original, thoughts that even surprise me, as opposed to looking up and going, 'Oh, I guess I can do one of those. I guess I can make a zombie movie!' We just need to keep it fresh and, in a sense, inspired. The thought that you can't even intellectually sit down necessarily and come up with something, but then a thought comes and hits you in the middle of the shower — that's your deepest subconscious creativity talking to you."
For now, Craven is keeping details of his new "Scream" trilogy close to the vest. But in the name of throwing ideas out there, I made sure to riff on Wes' own suggestion by telling him I'd gladly watch Ghostface slaughter a pack of zombies.
"Yeah, well, that is 'Scream 5,'" he laughed.
Maybe he wasn't kidding about the killer always coming back for one last scare!
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