SCREAM got its first covers in the past few: Best Movie from Italy and Total Film from UK. Both have a very sharp photoshoot with Ghost Face, interviews with the cast and TF has even exclusive photos. Because of editorial respect, we won’t be reproducing the pages and content integrally, but you can order your copy here.
What was really interesting about this material is that, for the first time, it perfectly addressed what kind of continuity definition the fifth instalment belongs to: legacy sequel. And, therefore, it certainly has rules and, according to the magazine, the first one is to take the original title and the final one is to have enough firepower to relaunch a franchise.
“You have a new movie for new fans, and you have a new movie for the old fans, and some comfort food along the way,” comments producer Kevin Williamson.
“This new cast of characters is so wonderful. The legacy cast, they’re so wonderful. I think what we discovered, and what [screenwriters] Guy [Busick] and James [Vanderbilt] did, is they found a real reason for the next story to exist. We know that there is more gas in the tank. There are more stories to be told in Woodsboro, and about these characters, for sure,” told director Tyler Gillett.
Did he just teased more sequels? But first, let’s focus on this one, something that Williamson didn’t want to do, till he came into senses and decided to be part of:
“I read the script. I spoke up when I felt like I should, and I kept my mouth shut when I felt I should. Whenever they had a question, I was there. It’s their script. It’s beautiful. It’s the fabric and DNA of SCREAM. I think the filmmakers have the DNA of this franchise in their soul. I think they understand Wes Craven, and his filmmaking. I felt like I was not needed, but I’m so happy I got to go along for the ride.”
Neve Campbell was also reluctant to the idea of a new film:
“I had thought I’d left Sidney behind when we lost Wes, I had been apprehensive about the idea of SCREAM being revived by somebody else.“
So, where are they now?
“This story is really very specifically hoping to have a conversation about trauma, and what that does to people, and how they deal with grief, and how these characters have dealt with the experience of those previous four movies, and all the brutality and sadness and loss. And we loved that this script and this story isn’t afraid to show what that can do to somebody – good and bad. We were so satisfied to see where those characters are at. And then, of course, how they get pulled back into the fold,” explained Gillett.
The setting: Dewey calls up Sidney when copycat attacks begin again, all seemingly targeted at people related to the original killers.
Sidney Prescott, by Neve Campbell: “Sidney is now a mother, so another level of strength as a woman. She’s living out of her hometown. She lives away. And she has a happy life. And that’s all I can tell you!“
Dewey Riley by David Arquette: “He’s 10 years older… He’s in Woodsboro. There’s a lot that we need to sort of protect, because SCREAM’s a classic whodunit.”
Gale Weathers by Courteney Cox: “Gale now works on a morning show. She has the respect of a job where she gets to call the shots, and has an audience that is tuning in just for her. She’s in a better place, as far as her professional life goes. I don’t think that personally she’s in a great place. But, you know, she’s very selfish, so I’m not sure she’s ever going to be one to find happiness in that way.“
Some of the new characters are also briefly explained:
Samantha Carpenter by Melissa Barrera: “Sam is troubled and that’s what drew me to the role, the fact that she’s such a complicated character. And she’s had a dark past.”
Richie Kirsch by Jack Quaid: “I think Richie is a little bit like a younger me, in a sense that he doesn’t really know a tonne about scary movies. And he gets quite an education in this movie…“
There’s a lot more in the magazine, but you’ll have to get your copy.
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