Director Wes Craven has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that he has signed on to direct all three films of the upcoming second “Scream” trilogy should “Scream 4” be a success.
Craven has also gone into details about the story which will be set ten years after the events of the previous films – “There have been 10 years of no Ghostface, but there has been the movie-within-a-movie Stab. We have fun with the idea of endless sequels, or “sequelitis” as Kevin calls it in the script. Sid goes through these three horrendous things, and Stab was based on those horrible things. And then they’ve been taken by a studio and run into the ground in a series of sequels. She has been off by herself and living her own life, and she’s even written a book that has gotten a lot of critical acclaim. She’s kind of put her life back together in the course of these 10 years. But, certainly, there would be no Scream without Ghostface, so she has to confront him again, but now as a woman who has really come out the darkness of her past.”
Craven confirms that Sidney, Dewey and Gale will very much be central characters again. Also much of the humor and theme will be where the horror genre has gone in the past decade – “There are series of films, a lot of sequels, and a lot of remakes, and part of the humor of Scream 4 is when characters comment on that. “Enough of Saw 25 and all!” [Laughs] A lot of films, directors, and studios are the butts of some of the jokes. In order to figure out what’s happening around them, the characters have to figure out where the genre of horror is. So this is a look at horror after 10 years of a lot of sequels rather than original films coming up year after year.”
The project, which Craven says is “safe to say” will remain R-rated, is currently scheduled for release April 15th next year. Shooting kicks off in June in Michigan.