Harvey Weinstein Sounds Fairly Confident About Scream 5
It's hard to believe that Scream 4 only came out last month. Just 32 days after its release, the Wes Craven-directed horror sequel is but a foggy memory; at the box office last weekend Scream 4 finished in 27th place with a per screen average of $650. Dollars. Overall the film has grossed just $37 million stateside, which can only mean one thing: another sequel!
Speaking with MTV News at the Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein was practically ebullient while discussing the perceived disappointment of Scream 4.
"I wish it would have been better domestically but foreign is so strong that we'll do over $100 million worldwide. [...] It's at $90 now, with about five or six major countries to go and a lot of small ones. So, we'll probably do $110 million. It's not the worst thing in the world that ever happened [...] I'm sure he's going to do a sequel. I'm sure he's going to do a sequel."
The "he" in that case is director Wes Craven, who last month seemed to feel that possibility of Scream 5 rested squarely at the feet of screenwriter Kevin Williamson.
"Kevin right now is in the middle of starting a new television show, so now he's got two shows on the air, so my guess is he won't be devoting much time to it until he's completed those seasons," Craven told Movieline. "But he'll probably be thinking of it in his idle moments, if he has any. [...] I know some of the things that Kevin outlined for the trilogy were made impossible by later developments of the script, just didn't make it through. But in general, the basic idea of what he's come up with will survive and be able to be made into something really interesting. It depends, on this case, on Kevin -- or some other writer coming up with an idea. That's not an impossible option, either."
Judging from what Williamson has said about his relationship with Harvey's brother Bob Weinstein during the production of Scream 4, that other writer option might not be a bad idea after all.
Watch Harvey talk Scream 4 below.