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‘Scream 5’ wasn’t meant to set up a new trilogy

Published : 19 Jan 2022 09:01 PM

‘Scream’ 2022 screenwriter, James Vanderbilt, has revealed that the latest installment in the slasher franchise wasn’t intended to set up a new trilogy. After over 25 years, fans of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s horror series have moved into a new era. The death of Craven in 2015 at the age of 76 considerably challenged the notion that any further installments could be made, with many regular cast members concerned that without Craven, the series simply wouldn’t feel right anymore.

After much speculation and some convincing on the part of directing duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the actors who play the surviving characters from the original Scream films returned for a fifth installment. The key challenge was being true to what Craven had established with the series, while also providing some leg room for potential growth in future installments. At one point prior to Scream 2022’s release, Gillett stated that “there is more gas in the tank” with regard to expanding the franchise – an extremely encouraging sign that despite Craven no longer being here, the possibility existed to keep what he had started going. Of course, as with any film series, subsequent sequels depend on the success of the current entry, but so far, ‘Scream 2022’ is indeed satisfying fans and critics alike.

As it turns out, however, ‘Scream’ 2022 wasn’t written with setting up a new trilogy in mind. During an exclusive interview with a source, Vanderbilt explained that when making the film, the idea was not to make “a two hour trailer for Scream 6”. Instead, the process was a more natural one, ensuring that fans were able to be taken back to Woodsboro, meet up with familiar cast favorites and get introduced to new characters along the way. 

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