Legendary horror filmmaker Wes Craven passed away in 2015. The pioneer behind A Nightmare on Elm Street, Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and more, left behind an epic legacy. Craven also brought us Scream, having directed all four films of the slasher franchise. While Craven is not around to direct the fifth Scream film, series creator/writer Kevin Williamson believes the late director would be proud of the upcoming film:
“What I love about the new Scream is that it does take a fresh approach. It’s this beautiful sort of fresh new movie, but it also has this nostalgic factor that runs through it. That to me was a perfect blend of how to do the next Scream. So that was what I was most excited about. I’m blown away by the directors, and I was really nervous because nobody is Wes Craven. I was really hesitant to even jump on board and be a part of it. And boy am I glad I did because I think it’s going to make Wes proud.”
Matt Bettineli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet, the directors behind Ready or Not; are in the directors’ seats for Scream 5. Series star Neve Campbell revealed she was initially hesitant to join the project due to Craven not being involved:
“I had been really apprehensive about doing one of these films without Wes. The directors actually sent me a letter when the offer was sent and said the reason they are directors is because of Wes. So they’re even so honored to even be asked to make this film. And that they’re such huge fans of him and the films themselves, and of the cast, and that they really wanted to honor his voice. Which I really, really believe they did.”
Scream 5 will hit theaters on January 14, 2022. Are you looking forward to the upcoming slasher film?