Scream franchise will go on forever?

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Kevin Williamson, the writer of the original Scream movie, says the franchise can go on forever because Ghostface can be anyone.

By Matthew Creith | Released

At the slasher movie Scream It hit theaters in 1996 and seemed to redefine the horror film genre for a new generation of viewers craving a good crime story. The film has spawned several sequels, some of which are currently in production, and launched the careers of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Drew Barrymore. The film’s screenwriter, Kevin Williamson, recently confirmed that the Scream franchise could live on forever, as each installment features a new Ghostface killer every time, a trend that could go on for years to come.

According to an interview Kevin Williamson gave to Collider, he notes that’s why Scream What continues to work is that the setup, in which Ghostface is a different hitman in each film, is similar to that of Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger in their respective franchises. He goes on to say that each part of the Scream franchise gives different motives and storylines to whoever turns out to be Ghostface, so the eventual twist at the end of each film could be a “game-changer” for the film series as a whole. The same formula has worked in different capacities, including the ones to come Halloween ends starring Jamie Lee Curtis, currently more than four decades after the original 1978 film.

Even though Scream doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, famous faces have been exposed as knife-wielding criminals under the Ghostface mask throughout the franchise’s run. Actors Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard played the killers in the original Screamfollowed by Timothy Olyphant and Laurie Metcalf, Scott Foley, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin and Mikey Madison and The young Star Jack Quaid in subsequent film sequels. MTV and VH1 produced a Scream TV series that ran on the cable networks for three seasons from 2015 to 2019, leading to actors Giorgia Whigham and Tyga being exposed as the show’s Ghostface killers.

Even with a successful franchise and overwhelming audience support for further additions to the film series, Scream, unfortunately recently lost his Sidney Prescott. Neve Campbell will not be returning scream 6, which is currently in production as the actor was not offered the salary, believed it to be due after five films to date. This will be the first film in the franchise that Campbell will not be a part of, and leaves the door open for franchise star Courteney Cox to continue in the mantle following the death of David Arquette’s character Dewey Riley in the fifth film.

The upcoming scream 6 is slated to hit theaters in March 2023 and Kevin Williamson will return as executive producer. The sequel will star several actors who appeared in the fourth and fifth films, including Wednesday Star Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, Melissa Barrera, Hayden Panettiere and Jasmine Savoy Brown. scream 6 will also add several new faces to the franchise which so far have included Dermot Mulroney, Henry Czerny, Ready or Not Actor Samara Weaving, Marvel Cinematic Universe star Tony Revolori and possibly some guest appearances.

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