Just a few weeks away from the premiere of Scream 4, and a day after the filmmaker said he isn’t making another A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven is talking even more about the possibility of Scream 5 and Scream 6. The plan is to make a second trilogy, with the main theme remaining close to the original. The Scream franchise has always relied on the tropes and cliches of the horror genre. But Scream 4 refuses to comment on the trend of slasher movies in 3D.
We thought maybe Wes Craven was saving 3D, and the inevitable commentary that goes with it being applied to a horror movie, for Scream 5. Especially since he is no stranger to the trend, having converted his last movie My Soul to Take to 3D. But that is not the case. When asked if Scream 5 would either be in 3D, or serve as an essay on the gimmick, the director remained quite apprehensive.
“No! Bob Weinstein, from the get-go, said that Scream would not be in 3D. My Soul to Take was shot in 2D, and was never intended to be in 3D. Right after we finished shooting it, the studio was bought. Suddenly, we were dealing with a new group of people. Very late in the process, around the time we were beginning work on Scream 4, the new studio decided that they wanted My Soul to Take in 3D. Or else we would not be distributed very much at all. It was a hard choice, but we went with it. I shot the film to be in 2D. If I go back and watch My Soul to Take, it will be in 2D and not 3D. Bob Weinstein, who is the godfather of the Scream series, said that this will never be in 3D. It doesn’t need it. It’s a gimmick. We will just make it in 2D Anamorphic, as we always have.”
“In theory, maybe (we will comment on it). But my disposition would be not to go there. Because it brings in this encumbrance of glasses, and special screens. People that worked on My Soul to Take in the 3D world did an amazing job for us. But I just did not find the process of watching the film in 3D very pleasurable at all. I don’t have an attraction to it. It is more of a distraction to me. I don’t have that desire to go back and do Scream 5 in 3D. But maybe there is commentary in that.”
“No, there is no Scream 5 script. Kevin [Williamson], when I first talked to him about this project before there was a script, he had an idea for a trilogy, so we’ll have to see what comes out of that. I’m sure Bob Weinstein is open to it if the script or ideas are to his pleasure. He has very high standards. I don’t think he’s in any rush to do it particularly, but on the other hand, I think he’s open to the idea of a trilogy, so at the point when there is an idea that he’s really excited about I’m sure he will begin launching that next film.”
Scream 4 comes to theatres April 15th, 2011 and stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Emma Roberts, Ashley Greene, Nico Tortorella. The film is directed by Wes Craven.
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