Spyglass reviving Scream franchise for the big screen
It’s been almost nine years since the murderous Ghostface hit the big screen. After spending a few years racking up a body count on MTV’s series adaptation of the franchise, Spyglass Media Group is developing a new Scream film to bring it back to its theatrical roots, according to Bloody Disgusting.
The first film, released in 1996, was a surprise smash upon its debut, helping to revive the horror genre for the decade and becoming the highest-grossing slasher movie of all-time until it was dethroned by last year’s Halloween reboot. The first’s success spawned a franchise that includes three sequels, the first of which remained equally as successful as the first while the previous two saw middling box office returns and mixed reviews.
After years of struggling to get another film off the ground, MTV picked up a series adaptation that became a cult hit, with two well-received seasons from fans before it was passed off to VH1 for its rebooted third season, which saw mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, but was a minor improvement in the ratings from the second season.
Though the first two and fourth entries in the film franchise were written by Kevin Williamson, sources are reporting he will not be returning the write the next installment, with details also remaining scarce on whether the project will be a reboot or a continuation of the Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) saga.
The Scream revival marks the second major horror franchise reboot Spyglass is working on, with the studio developing a remake of the Clive Barker cult horror classic Hellraiser, with David S. Goyer (Terminator: Dark Fate) attached to pen the script.