The gang really is all getting back together to avoid being stabbed by a person wearing a ghost face mask. Courtney Cox has announced that she too is coming back for the reboot of the Scream franchise, joining previous co-stars David Arquette under the direction of Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.
The return of Courtney Cox is a bit of a win considering she’s probably the biggest star right now form the original film. With the film completely lacking Wes Craven (because he’s dead) it’s hard to imagine it being the horror masterpiece that the first was, but then again Scream 2-4 weren’t exactly that great either. Creator Kevin Williamson is also not writing the screenplay on this one, though he is an executive producer.
The real question is what the hell are they going to do with the story. The best Scream films were good because of their meta nature, with each film playing on the previous movies. Now, however, that seems a bit played out and the slasher genre is taking a pretty long nap in favor of more cerebral and artistic fare. Will this new Scream shift to play homage to those movies are is it going to be more of the same? The casting of Cox leads me to believe its most likely more of the latter. Then again, Halloween adapted wonderfully.
The next Scream film, which does not have a name yet, will release in 2021 as long as filming can get underway in a timely manner. I vote that they call it Mild Whimper.