You say this but then talk about how if Scream 4 had made a ton of money, "the money" would have caused them to make another regardless. So is it about respect or money - or are you alluding to the makers only respecting money? Because if they just rushed out another without "THE" writer and all, that doesn't seem very respectful to me.Scream
is, I believe, something they respect no matter what. Along with whatever sequels they make to it. I believe they aren't rushing out any sequels right now because they still have that respect and because if they can't do it right -- meaning, I believe probably more than anything, if they can't make it successful -- then they shouldn't make anymore right now, out of respect.
BUT, if Scream 4
had made a lot more money, I could see them probably saying, "To hell with however we make it..." and rush out Scream 5
even if it's without Wes or Kevin. If the movie had been very profitable, I think they would have probably done this. But it didn't make a lot of money (for Scream
, at least) -- so it's back to, I believe, the idea of cooling it and waiting to see what happens. Scream
is too important as a legacy for them to just throw out cheap sequels after the last movie basically failed in theaters. Their golden ticket got busted -- why break it even more? Thus, Scream
is kind of in a "healing" period. The decade between 3 & 4 wasn't a healing period -- it was a "promise" period. The franchise was a TRILOGY. They gave that trilogy A LOT of respect -- especially since it made a lot of money. That respect is still there -- BUT -- if Scream 4
had been a big success, Scream 5
would have been made, perhaps to continue the new trilogy -- EVEN if the Weinsteins brought in brand new people to make it.
Money alone doesn't make a movie great.
You mean money they spend on making the film? It's not about that. They aren't doing lower budget Scream
movies because it would be sad to resort to that already, I think. Scream
is higher than a lot of other films in terms of hierarchy. Thus, because of the box office failure of 4, making a Scream
movie on a much lower budget... is like putting Meryl Streep into the next Leprechaun
sequel. It's rich meets the poor. It's introducing something to a totally different world. It's scary -- it's unreal -- it's something hard to face. It's not going to be done yet. Scream
can't afford the rent at the mansion anymore and now it needs to move into a little house. It's a slap in the face. That's why they can't rush out with some cheaper made sequel -- it's humiliating. It's "unfair." It's a major step down. Thus, to show respect and to save face, you don't go down that road yet. Maybe someday.
Random, who-gives-a-fuck sequels to Scream starting up would be an insulting and sad thing to see.
Some would argue that 3 and 4 were exactly that. Particularly if we consider the rushed productions, reshoots, a new writer who didn't use the same tone, none of the major characters from the original film dying (and all of them barely progressing - if at all), etc. If you want "going through the motions but missing the point" Screams, many (I'm not saying me) might argue that Scream 3 and 4 are perfect examples.
Wrong. Those things you mentioned -- rushed productions, reshoots, new writer, etc. -- none of that matters. Scream 3
was the sequel to a movie that made $100 million and Scream 4
was the sequel to a movie that made $89 million (both domestically.)Scream 5
would be a sequel to a movie that made $38 million. BIG DIFFERENCE! They stopped for years after Scream 3
when they saw it go down $10 million or so less than part 2. At that point, they knew they could go out big and stop before it got worse. There was a promise that it was just going to be three movies, but they also played it cool. However, if Scream 3
had made even more money than it did - and especially if it made more than the first Scream
-- it is possible, I think, that Scream 4
could have been commissioned immediately after Scream 3
as a "Surprise - we're not done!" sequel. Which Scream 4
kind of is, but also, not really -- it's that, but it's also a "reunion" sequel. Like American Reunion
So, yeah, Scream 5
isn't happening because Scream
has moved to the dreaded clearance aisle. Sidney, Dewey and Gale are all 75% off. Scream
isn't hot. And cheap sequels are not gonna make them hotter. Not right now, at least. The season has passed.