The movie “Scream” is one of the most popular horror movies in existence. Since its release in 1966, the film’s franchise has continued to leave a mark on other horror films, pop culture, and Hollywood as a whole.
Each subsequent movie released has been a hit, and it seems that horror movie fanatics just can’t get enough of the franchise.
Now, with the latest installment set for release early next year, original writer and executive producer Kevin Williamson has expressed that he hopes that the “Scream” franchise will continue to live on forever.
He also shared that the franchise is a homage to an even more popular horror movie franchise, “Halloween.”
All fans of the popular franchise need to know about what Williamson said and the upcoming fifth installment.
Williamson Is The Writer Of The Original ‘Scream’
Williamson broke into the horror movie industry when he penned the script for the first “Scream” movie, a script that was so good that the film it produced reinvented the idea of what a horror movie should be.
For his amazing script, Williamson was nominated and won several awards. He won a Saturn Award for Best Writer and was nominated for the ACCA award for Best Original Screenplay.
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He was also the writer for subsequent films in the franchise, Scream 2, for which he won a Chainsaw award for Best Writer and “Scream 4.”
Williamson was inspired to create the story of “Scream” by the case of the real-life serial killer known as the Gainesville Ripper and his passion for popular horror films, such as “Halloween,” released in 1978.
Williamson Wants The Scream Franchise To Live Forever
Williamson was recently asked in an interview with Us Weekly if the upcoming “Scream” film would be the last in the franchise, and he said, “I would love for it to live on forever because I love knowing that this universe is turning and Scream is in it.”
He also added that he believes that any franchise can continue as long as creativity and originality will feature in each addition to the franchise.
The award-winning screenwriter also reflected on the numerous similarities that the franchise has with “Halloween.”
He shared his thoughts on it and said, “I love that they keep making Halloween because Scream is an homage to Halloween. I hope they never stopped making Halloween movies. I’m still waiting for another Friday the 13th, and I hope that comes soon, and I would love to see Scream live on.”
He Is The Executive Producer Of The Upcoming Scream
Williamson gave up his position as the screenwriter of the franchise to become the executive producer of the fifth installment, which is titled “Scream” instead of “Scream 5.”
He explained why the filmmakers chose not to add the “5” to the title in his Us Weekly interview.
“I don’t think they ever seriously were going to call it Scream 5. I don’t think anybody wanted to see the number five after something. You’d have to ask them- Paramount or whoever, but I think taking the 5 off and calling it just Scream works because it’s a brand new movie”.
The New Scream Will Be Released In January 2022
The fifth edition of the “Scream” franchise will be released worldwide on January 14, 2022.
Its old and new fusion cast includes actors such as Courteney Cox, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and so on.
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One cast member from the original film who will not be making an appearance is Skeet Ulrich. In an interview with Variety in October, he reflected on how successful the film franchise has been.
“For a long stretch of time, I didn’t think about it much at all. Then I started doing horror conventions six or seven years ago and was introduced to this subculture that’s still rabid about it and passed it down from generation to generation,” he said.
“Then I started to realize there was something different about this movie, something that continues to reach people. I’m no psychologist, but whatever that is, it gets to people still.”