Wes Craven's on again, off again flirtation with directing duties on Dimension's Scream 4 has finally reached its inevitable conclusion. As reported but not confirmed countless times, Craven is indeed directing a fourth entry in the Scream franchise he created with screenwriter Kevin Williamson (who is also on board for the new film) all the way back in 1996. Yes, Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox-Arquette will be returning as Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers respectively. Shooting begins this spring with a target release date of April 15th, 2011.
Those are about all the facts we have at this point and none of them are surprising considering Scream 4 has long been a poorly kept secret. And though I am genuinely looking forward to what Williamson, who is at his personal best when having fun with Ghostface and genre conventions, has in store for a 21st century Scream, one of the more interesting tidbits to come out of this confirmation is this wording from Variety: "Dimension said its 2011 slate focuses on continuing its most successful franchises."
Now that could mean a few things. Aside from the Scream franchise, Dimension's top earners are pretty much all tied to Scary Movie or Spy Kids, the only non-franchise in their top 10 being Sin City. Does this mean that Dimension will be pushing Robert Rodriguez to a 2011 release for Sin City 2 or are we stuck with Scary Movie 5 for sure? Perhaps their definition of success isn't tied to box office, in which case Dimension may finally be buckling down for their remakes/reboots of Hellraiser and The Crow. Whatever the case may be, I'm torn by the news. I'd love to see Dimension back on top, I just wish they'd get there by starting new franchises and not reenacting old ones.
But what say you? Are you excited for a new Scream a decade after the last one? Or does all this talk of Dimension reigniting old flames do nothing for you?