I remain unconvinced that the world really needs a fourth installment in the Scream franchise, but if it's going to happen (and it is...) then I'm at least pleased by the news that Wes Craven will be returning to the director's chair.

The LA Times broke the story of Craven's return yesterday--it's buried at the bottom of an interview/retrospective of the filmmaker's career. Here's the blurb:

"Craven recently finished My Soul to Take which is scheduled for release sometime this year. And in May, he starts on Scream 4."

With Craven back behind the camera, all the major pieces are in place for Ghostface's return to the silver screen. Scream scribe Kevin Williamson is penning the script, Courtney Cox-Arquette and David Arquette are reprising their roles as Gale Weathers and Deputy Dewey, and final girl Neve Campbell is once again back as Sidney Prescott. I much prefer this set-up to a reboot/remake or an attempt by the studio to make an updated version of the original that skews toward a younger demographic. If anyone can make Scream relevant in a world filled with Saw sequels, it figures to be Wes Craven. I'm not sure he can recapture the lightning in a bottle of the first film, but I'm glad he's getting the opportunity to try.
CATEGORIES Movies, Horror