Scream 4: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast #13

Pssst, Courtney, David REALLY Wants to Make the Split Permanent: Courtney Cox ignores the warning signs in SCREAM 4.
Pssst, Courtney, David REALLY Wants to Make the Split Permanent: Courtney Cox ignores the warning signs in SCREAM 4.

Poor Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). Not satisified with the ordeals she suffered in SCREAMs 1 – 3, she’s gotta go and tempt fate by returning to Woodsboro and tempting the attention of the psycho killer Ghostface, who it turns out is still kicking around and slaughtering high-schoolers with manic glee. And if the main protagonist of the SCREAM series (along with her co-stars David Arquette and Courtney Cox) hasn’t taken that old saw about not being able to go home again to heart, could it be possible that neither has director Wes Craven nor writer Kevin Williamson, who with SCREAM 4 attempt to reboot their long-nascent satirical horror franchise with an installment that pokes fun at — surprise, surprise — reboots of long-nascent horror franchises? Join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons as they debate the issue.

Robert Pattinson (Twilight) and Emma Roberts (Scream 4) on the Tonight Show

Robert Pattinson (TWILIGHT) and Emma Roberts (SCREAM 4) appear on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno, Tuesday, June 15. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, scheduled for release on July 2, focuses on the love triangle between human Bela Swan (Kristen Stewart), vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, and werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) directs from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer.
Part One of the Robert Pattinson Interview:

Part Two of the Robert Pattinson Interview:

In Part Three, Emma Roberts (recently cast in the upcoming SCREAM 4) joins Pattinson. When host Jay Leno her whether she is on Team Edward or Team Jacob, she gamely replies – with a glance at Robert Pattinson – “I’m sorry, your hair looks wonderful in person, but I’m going to have to say Team Jacob.”

Part Four of the Interview:


Craven and the gang ready to Scream

Ghost Face from the Scream series
Ghost Face from the Scream series

More than 10 years after the release of SCREAM 3 and following a drawn out will-they-won’t-they internet debate, Dimension Films have finally greenlit SCREAM 4 with a release set for April 15, 2011.
According to Variety Wes Craven is indeed returning as director along with series veterans Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette. The fan favourites will also be joined by a cast of younger actors to play the requisite Ghost Face fodder. So far each film in the franchise has been directed by Craven and financially sucessful; each grossing over $160 million.
So good news all around then. The real question then is whether, after such a long period between the last instalment and having been parodied to death in films such as SCARY MOVIE, Craven can pull it off again and give fans the great SCREAM sequel they’ve been waiting for. What do you think, is he up to the challenge or has this series past its sell-by-date?