Scream Sequel Is A Love Letter To Wes Craven, Says Director

Scream co-director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin describes the fifth film in the satirical slasher franchise as a “love letter” to the late great Wes Craven.

Scream Co-director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin says the fifth film in the satirical slasher franchise is a “love letter” to horror legend Wes Craven, who helmed the original four entries.

“Our starting point was that this had to be, on some level, a love letter to Wes Craven, Scream, and his other works,” said Bettinelli-Olpin Weekly entertainment. “I would say throughout the making of the movie and in the finished product itself, there are so many little nods to Wes, there are big nods to Wes. Ultimately , this is all ultimately a love letter to Wes from us, he’s one of the greatest directors, period, of his generation.


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“To come into the movie already as fans, I think we all came out on the other side even bigger fans because we got to know the people. [who knew him]”, continued the director. “Everything we heard and everyone we spoke to about him just being, he was the kindest, most supportive and loving man. So it’s daunting to pick up where he left off on Scream, but it was also a real blessing for us.”

Before directing the original Scream film in 1996, Craven was already a true legend in the horror world, having directed classics such as the original The last house on the left, the original The hills Have Eyes, DC’s 1982 film adaptation Swamp Thing and, perhaps most notably, the original freddie.


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Directed by Craven from a screenplay by Kevin Williamson, Scream (originally titled horror movie) first hit theaters on December 20, 1996. Coming at a time when every major slasher franchise seemed to be running out of steam, Scream breathed new life into the genre by offering a humorous and satirical (though equally bloody) take on the idea of ​​a masked killer running around with a knife, poking fun at the various tropes that had gained momentum over the years. last decades.

Craven and Williamson reunited for a sequel, Cry 2, released in 1997. While Craven returned to 2000s directing Cry 3, Williamson did not return to write it, with the trio instead being written by Ehren Kruger. A decade later, Craven and Williamson reunited to Cry 4, released in 2011.


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Scream: The TV Series, a co-executive television adaptation produced by Craven, premiered on MTV in 2015. Craven tragically died on August 30, 2015 at the age of 76 – just two days before Scream concluded its first season. As such, the Season 1 finale was dedicated to Craven. Scream retuned for a second season in 2016 before the reworked third season, titled Cry: Resurrection, debuted on VH1 in 2019.

Although simply titled Scream, rather than Cry 5, the latest big-screen entry in the horror franchise serves as a direct sequel to Cry 4, with series mainstays Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox all returning. Besides being the first Scream the film will not be directed by Craven, 2022 Scream is also the second entry not to be written by Williamson. The film was directed by Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Posts about the film written by cast and crew members are frequently tagged #ForWes.


So far the new Scream the film earned an estimated $30.6 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, becoming the first film to take the No. Spider-Man: No Coming Home since the joint Sony/Marvel Studios picture opened in theaters on December 17. Scream also opened to relatively strong reviews, currently holding an approval rating of 75% and an audience score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Source: Weekly entertainment

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