It’s a commonly known rule in horror movie lore that the killer always comes back for one last scare. In the case of the “Scream” series, the killer’s come back for four scares now… but after a financially underwhelming debut for “Scream 4,” has Ghostface put down the knife once and for all?
Don’t bet on it, says Harvey Weinstein. The Weinstein Company chief, who has executive produced every edition of the “Scream” franchise to date, is quite confident that the genre-defying series has more life in it beyond “Scream 4.”
“I’m sure [director Wes Craven is] going to do a sequel, I’m sure he’s going to do a sequel,” Weinstein insisted when we spoke with him at the Cannes Film Festival last week, stressing that while “Scream 4” didn’t perform fantastically in the United States, it’s doing quite well overseas.
“Foreign [sales] are so strong that we’ll do over $100 million worldwide,” said Weinstein. “It’s at $90 now, with about five or six major countries to go and a lot of small ones. We’ll probably do $110 million.”
“I wish it would have been better domestically,” he confessed, “But it’s not the worst thing in the world that’s ever happened.”
For what it’s worth, Craven himself has expressed his desire to make two more “Scream” movies, which would work alongside “Scream 4” to create a brand new trilogy.
“When I had my first conversation with [screenwriter Kevin Williamson] about this whole thing, he had an idea for a new trilogy,” he told us last month. “And I think that was Bob Weinstein’s thing also about waiting so long — if there were to be a ’Scream 4,’ there would also probably be a ’Scream 5’ and a ’Scream 6’ sooner or later so we could construct a new trilogy that kind of stood on its own.”
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