"Ready or Not" duo Matthew Bettenelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will helm SCREAM 5
Spyglass Media’s Scream reboot is in good hands.
Now that Spyglass has landed exclusive rights to the Weinstein’s SCREAM series, we have learned Matthew Bettenelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will direct the series reboot!
The talented filmmaking duo most recently stamped their ticket having directed 2019’s satirical socio-familial thriller, “Ready or Not” starring Samara Weaving. One could certainly make the case that Bettenelli-Olpin and Gillett already stamped their ticket with a pair of really great genre contributions as seen in horror anthology series' - V/H/S and Southbound.
Spyglass Media’s Scream reboot will mark the series fifth entry with the most recent installments being 2011’s underrated SCRE4M and 2000’s underwhelming SCREAM 3. But nine years later, the beloved slasher franchise returns to relatively unfamiliar territory. One-half of the franchise’s original rights holder will now serve 23-years in prison (FU Harvey) and the original creator has passed away (RIP Wes Craven). Additionally, the Spyglass of old (their last great horror contribution was 1999’s The Sixth Sense), is no longer, and the recently relaunched media group hopes to make an immediate impression by resurrecting a few screen gems including Scream and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser.
There were unconfirmed rumblings of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s return. However, in the spirit of a REBOOT, I have to think Spyglass moves on without the big three along with writer Kevin Williamson who has not been named dropped. But hey, anything is possible! Including whether or not this fifth installment will operate as series canon.
Bettenelli-Olpin and Gillett face the uphill task of rebooting a series that may not need rebooting. But as a fan of the series and the filmmaking duo, I must confess that I have zero issue seeing their creative vision unfold.