It should be of little surprise to learn that Scream pops up in my dreams from time to time. Not necessarily for any real reason, just Sidney, Dewey, Gale and co appearing as if out of nowhere to remind that they are indeed very amazing. That they take up so much of my brain capacity still doesn't quite explain the tangent my brain took me on last night as I dreamt about a mythical Scream 6 - I am assuming the potential plot for the are-they-aren't-they Scream 5 is so blindingly obvious that my subconscious skipped it and immediately moved on to deeper recesses - that involved a Wes Craven's New Nightmare style meta twist to the franchise. That the Scream franchise is already meta enough means little since we know they're willing to do it.
It's all completely ridiculous, of course, but I think it my brain trying to tell me "get on with your Scream to Scream, Scene by Scene project, okay!" to which I can hardly argue. Still, this was all just a funny happening, until I saw this this morning (I'm a little late, but what can ya do?) on Wes Craven's personal Twitter account.
Big spoilers ahead of Scream 4 if you have yet to see it! Shim Jembri doesn't care, but I do!
To me, it makes sense that any possible Scream 5 that may eventually get made (the diminished box office returns of Scream 4 made it less of a certainty, but I'm sure we'll still get one at some point, this is the horror genre) should involve Ghostface's "kill tapes" from Scream 4 making it online and a deranged fan deciding to finish the job. Much debate had been made on Scream franchise forums (yes, of course they exist) as to whether Hayden Panettiere's Kirby Reed had died or not. We knew she'd been seen writhing in a pool of blood, which fits in with the idea that nobody is dead in film and television unless you see their unmoving corpse (and even then...), but Dewey never mentioned her as surviving as he spoke to Jill at her bedside. Given that Jill had spoken of having seen all of her friends murdered at the hand of the "killers", that really did seem like something he would mention. "Hey Jill, your best friend Kirby is still alive after all." Maybe she just took some extra time to revive? Given Scream 4's very high mortality rate, allowing two of the new characters to survive hardly seems unfair (Deputy Judy Hicks being the other, of course).