It’s almost impossible to imagine a “Scream” movie without the touch of Wes Craven. However, with many iconic horror franchises seeking a revival, the possibility of a fifth film was inevitable. Now, we are learning that a new “Scream” movie is not only in the works, but the directors behind it have been revealed.
Initially reported by DiscussingFilm and confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, Spyglass media is rebooting “Scream” with the directors of last year’s surprise horror smash hit “Ready or Not.” Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of Radio Silence, a horror filmmaking group, are set to direct the project with the third member of the group, Chad Villela, acting as producer. It is unknown whether the project will be a continuation of 2011s “Scream 4” or a hard reboot altogether.
While little was disclosed regarding the plot, DiscussingFilm reports that, “it will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.”
Wes Craven’s “Scream” came at a time where the slasher genre had just about run itself into the ground with dreadful sequels milking the law of diminishing returns and becoming a punchline. Craven’s genius capitalized on the tired tropes with a witty yet thrilling satire that spawned three sequels and an MTV anthology series forever changing the landscape of horror in the 90s and beyond.
The creative hive mind of Radio Silence is arguably a perfect fit, having already made a name for themselves in the horror comedy genre. Their 2019 hit “Ready or Not” possessed many of Craven’s hallmarks while confidently providing a new and distinct voice. Their knack for bloody violence, thrills, suspense, and, most importantly, sharply written dark comedy should allow them to slip into the slasher franchise nicely.