Ghostface is making a comeback. A new Scream movie is in the works, though it isn't known if this will officially be known as Scream 5 or if it's a reboot of the franchise. At present, details on the project are quite scarce, but after nearly a decade this iconic horror franchise is getting ready to make a return to the big screen, providing meta scares for a new generation. Will it be the same without franchise creator and horror master Wes Craven? That will be a lingering big question.
Bloody Disgusting reports that Spyglass Media Group has acquired the rights to the Scream franchise. The company, which was relaunched as a content company earlier this year, managed to secure the rights following the Harvey Weinstein fallout. Weinstein's Dimension Films had produced all of the previous movies and Lantern Entertainment acquired the studio's assets after the studio filed bankruptcy. Spyglass, it would seem, cut a deal with Lantern to make this new Ghostface movie happen. The specific details in regards to how that came to be haven't been revealed at this time, but following the Dimension Films fallout, this seemed like an inevitability.
Spyglass is also developing a Hellraiser remake written by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel). That property was also owned by Dimension Films before the Weinstein scandal. The biggest question right now is whether this will be a sequel or a remake/reboot of sorts. There is no word on that right now. The indication at this time is that Scream franchise co-creator Kevin Williamson will not be returning to pen the screenplay. Wes Craven directed all four Scream movies before his passing in 2015. There is no word at this time as to who might be tapped to write the movie, nor is it clear who could end up in the director's chair. It seems like things are in the very early stages.
Scream helped revive the slasher genre, releasing in 1996. Wes Craven, who had previously created A Nightmare on Elm Street, served up a meta take on the horror genre that worked with audiences in a big way. The movie was massively successful, bringing in $173 million at the box office. Three sequels were made, Scream 2, Scream 3 and Scream 4. Wes Craven planned to make Scream 5, but passed before that could happen. To date, the series has earned $603 million globally, cementing it as one of the biggest horror franchises in history. The movies also cemented Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott as an iconic scream queen.
A TV series that takes place in the same universe as the movies has aired three seasons, with the first two debuting on MTV and season 3 making its way to VH1 earlier this year. There has been some talk of revisiting Scream in recent years, with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions naming that as a franchise he wanted to tackle in the wake of the success of last year's Halloween. David Arquette also previously expressed interest in returning for Scream 5, should it ever happen, and Neve Campbell didn't rule out the possibility. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available.