Scream 5 co-director Tyler Gillett has revealed why the upcoming entry in the long-running horror franchise had to be a sequel and not a reboot.
The directors of the upcoming Scream 5 have explained just why the new horror sequel can’t be a reboot. Fans of the famed Wes Craven horror franchise have been eager to know anything and everything they can about the film ever since it was first announced back in March of this year.
With a release date already set for 2022 and a newly announced official title, the fifth Scream film is the first of the franchise to not feature Craven as director. His death in 2015 at the age of 76 came as a major shock to horror fans everywhere, and his absence on the latest Scream sequel was enough to keep lead star Neve Campbell reluctant about signing on. Ultimately, the film’s directors, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, were able to make Campbell understand that they had every intention of honoring Craven with this latest addition to the franchise. Exactly how they plan on doing this is currently unknown, and fans have been discussing the possibilities of Scream 5 being a reboot of sorts, or a straightforward sequel.
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While chatting with Cinemablend recently, co-director Tyler Gillett took the time to explain just why Scream 5 couldn’t be a reboot. Highlighting the fact that Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson built up a team of legacy characters in Sidney (Campbell), Dewey (David Arquette), and Gale (Courtney Cox), the filmmaker talked about the weight of what’s come before and how important it is to link that to the future of the series:
I think for us we had this fear, and Matt alluded to this earlier, going into reading the script. There’s just so much weight in what those four movies are. This by the way speaks to the legacy characters. The fact that there are so many characters that so many people want to know more about, want to have more story told with these characters. There’s just a level of love and respect for the world that Wes [Craven] and Kevin [Williamson] created. So for us it felt like the only way to do this right was to create connectivity. And a lot of it is also just what the Scream movies are, right? They’re about lineage. They’re about the evolution of pop culture and the evolution of the genre. And you can’t have something new without also giving a nod to what came before it. And paying respect, and giving a bow to what followed.
And so for us it felt like that was the only right way to do it. To have a connection to the past, and to find a way to create new and interesting characters that would bring a new audience and an old audience together. And hopefully move the whole thing forward in a contemporary and terrifying and fun way.
The Scream films have always been known for their ability to surprise viewers—even if those surprises weren’t always what fans had been hoping for. In the case of this most recent sequel, what many fans of the franchise really want to see is just how Scream 5 will set up the series for future installments. The Sidney Prescott angle can only continue for so long and if Scream is to stay relevant in the coming years, the fifth film offers an important turning point. As the first film in the series that isn’t from Craven, the amount of responsibility on the shoulders of Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett for Scream 5 is substantial.
Until a trailer arrives, fans will have to remain in the dark about what Scream 5 will look like and what sort of angle it’s coming from. At present, there remains a lot of hope and promise in the direction the sequel is heading in—based almost entirely on what Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett have stated. Right now a sequel does seem like the way to go instead of a reboot, but whether or not that sequel will be the one that the franchise deserves is anyone’s guess.
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Key Release Dates
- Scream 5 (2022)Release date: Jan 14, 2022
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