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SCREAM 4 moving forward

Scream_2Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Courteney Cox and David Arquette have been approached to return for a new installment in the wildly popular Scream franchise. Kevin Williamson, who wrote the first two entries in the original trilogy, is returning to both write and direct (Wes Craven directed the first three). According to the article, Williamson is trying to get back as many of the original cast members as possible. One has to wonder if Neve Campbell will return as her character, Sidney Prescott, the focal point and the heroine of the first three films in the franchise.

Personally I really like the idea of bringing back Cox (Reporter Gale Weathers) and Arquette (the ever lovable Sheriff Dewey). Their characters were a big part of what made the Scream movies a lot of fun. The original in 1996 was a big deal as it revitalized the slasher film genre in the mid 1990s, somewhat similar to the impact Halloween (1978) had in the late 1970’s. Its tongue-in-cheek approach of combining straightforward scares mixed with wildly inventive diologue made for a very entertaining film that spawnd two sequels. Scream opened in 1413 theaters, taking $6,354,586 in its opening weekend. The film made almost 87 million dollars in its initial release (that’s what you call great word of mouth), and was then re-released to theatres on April 11, 1997, going on to make another 16 million for a total domestic gross of $103,046,663 and a worldwide lifetime gross of $173,046,663.. 

In 1997 Scream 2 opened to mostly positve reviews and I personally though it was even better than the original. Jaime Kennedy, playing video store clerk Randy Meeks (who knows all the rules of horror films), brilliantly performed a very unexpected death scene. It’s one of the genre’s very best moments and you couldn’t have a character better cast than Kennedy. The character returned for Scream 3, appearing on a previously recorded video tape. Scream 2 was also a huge hit, grossing $172,363,301 worldwide on a budget of just $24,000,000.  As for Scream 3, it opened in 2000 to mixed reviews. While still entertaining, it missed the freshness of the first two and writer Williamson’s touch. Despite its flaws I still liked it. Scream 3 had a strong fanbase, pulling in $161,000,000 worldwide.

The thing I like most about the Scream films are the casts. David Arquette, Neve Cambell, Courteney Cox, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, Heather Graham, Jerry O’Connell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Omar Epps, Patrick Dempsey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Parker Posey and Luke Wilson. Some very impressive talent has been involved in this franchise – unequaled for any series this genre has ever seen. I’m glad Kevin Williamson is back to guide another entry in this franchise and believe he has the creative touch to make another installment relevent once again.

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June 5, 2009 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News |

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