While it’s almost wrong to think we’ll be getting a “Scream” movie without Wes Craven, Spyglass Media is prioritizing the return of Ghostface. Earlier this year reports surfaced that the studio courted “Ready or Not” directing trio Radio Silence (Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villela) to bring to life a new “Scream” film. Whether or not this fifth entry in the franchise will be a sequel to “Scream 4” or a reboot altogether remains to be seen. However, new information hinting at the return of some beloved cast members might indicate the direction their heading in.
Neve Campbell is currently making the rounds promoting her new drama, “Castle in the Ground,” and, according to Rotten Tomatoes and a since-deleted interview from Jake Hamilton, is “negotiating” her return to the “Scream” franchise.
“We’re having conversations – I have been approached about it,” the actress told Rotten Tomatoes. “The timing’s a bit challenging because of COVID. You know, we only started the conversation maybe a month and a half ago, so it’s going to take some time to figure out how it’s all going to work out…. We’re negotiating, so we’ll see.”
While Radio Silence’s past work makes them a worthy candidate for “Scream 5,” the lack of Wes Craven has made some trepid about the prospect including Campbell herself.
Speaking with Jake Hamilton the actress stated that she was “really apprehensive about doing another Scream without Wes because he was such a genius and he is the reason they are what they are.” However, she revealed to Rotten Tomatoes that Olpin and Gillett sent her a touching letter that ultimately won her over.
“The two directors wrote me a very touching letter about Wes Craven and how he was such an inspiration to them and how they really want to honor him, and that meant a great, great deal to me,” said Campbell. “So we’ll see. Hopefully, we can all see eye to eye on the project and find a way to make it.”
Campbell’s portrayal of Sidney Prescott skyrocketed her to horror royalty as she’s widely considered one of the greatest “final girls” of all time. Since 1996, the “Scream” movies have focused on Sidney’s story as she’s haunted by her past and terrorized by the Ghostface killer. Wes Craven’s witty commentary on horror tropes of the 80s and 90s reshaped the genre. Campbell played a key part in that and has always been thankful for what the franchise has given her.
“I’m so grateful for these films… I love Sidney Prescott,” said Campbell. “It’s always fun for me to step back in her shoes, and it’s always fun for me to see the cast come back and make one of these films again and try to make another good one.”