After years of rumours and speculation, it appears that Scream 4 is finally about to become a reality, a full decade after the last installment in the series hit theatres. Variety reports that Dimension Films has officially greenlit the sequel with a tentative release date of April 15th, 2011. Wes Craven is back on board to direct and Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette have all signed on to reprise their roles. Don’t kid yourself though, they won’t be the stars of the film this time around. Clearly they’re too old for anyone to truly care about, which means there will also be a new, younger generation of kids that they cross paths with, and possibly help in some sort of advisory role!
Personally I find it a bit hard to believe that the Scream franchise holds much appeal anymore. Sure, the movies were successful at the time (the original was responsible for an entire mid-’90s teen slasher trend), but is Ghostface really the kind of enduring villain that needs to be re-introduced to a new generation of moviegoers? I know there are fans out there, but I still have my doubts. I’m assuming Kevin Williamson will also pen the script; he is currently producing The Vampire Diaries, which probably gives an indication of the audience they are shooting for. Are you excited to see Scream 4? And how is it possible that this announcement was made with absolutely no mention of 3-D?! Surely that must be a mistake.