The Scream franchise, which started back in 1996, finally made its return to theaters this year with the fifth installment—the first not directed by the late Wes Craven. Scream directors Tyler Gillet and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin who are known together as Radio Silence (and also directed Ready or Not) took the helm from horror mastermind Wes Craven and focused their efforts on honoring the legacy of both the franchise and the late director with Scream 5. Most fans agree the Scream directors were successful in achieving both goals and fans of the franchise love the new film so much that there are calls for a sixth movie.
Paramount hasn’t ordered another Scream movie just yet, but the filmmakers behind Scream 5 certainly are good to go for another run. When the Scream directors spoke to Collider, Gillet said that there are more ideas for more stories as well as a few more original ideas they can work with. They just have to really think deep about what comes next.
“I think I can say that we love both ideas and I think we want to pursue both things. We have a bunch of really fun, original things that we’re working on,” Gillett explained. “We know that there’s been a conversation about Ready or Not. We certainly know that Guy [Busick] and Jamie [Vanderbilt} have amazing ideas about where Scream could go after this last one. We just want to be involved in all of it. I think once you’ve had an experience with people that really changes you, not only creatively, but fills your heart up and fulfills you, really, in ways that I think we all never thought we would be fulfilled, you just want to replicate that as many times as possible. And so I know we’ll have a ton of really amazing stuff with Guy and Jamie and William [Sherak] and Paul [Neinstein], the Project X team. I think we’ve got a lot of really fun, original stuff coming up as well. So I think a bit of all of it. But this was a unique challenge and I think it scratched an itch we don’t know we had, and I think it’ll continue to itch. So hopefully there’s more.”
Like the previous movies of the franchise, Scream definitely leaves the franchise open for more movies in the future. The doors weren’t shut in Scream 5 and didn’t give a definitive bookend for the series. If the fifth film is truly the last movie, it’ll work, but there are several new directions the franchise could go should Paramount want more Scream movies and the Scream directors seem to have an idea on how to do it.
Scream (2022)is now playing in theaters only.