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.