Just as a quick refresher, Kevin Williamson has been responsible for multiple cultural touchstones in the late ’90s and early aughts, including “Scream,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (that also has a legacy sequel on the way), “Dawson’s Creek,” and the underrated thriller “Teaching Mrs. Tingle” starring Katie Holmes and Helen Mirren. It would also be very remiss of me not to mention the incredibly horny werewolf romp, “Cursed,” that reteamed Williamson with Wes Craven, to decidedly mixed results.
Williamson almost single-handedly revived the horror genre, bringing mainstream audiences back in droves. His new film “Sick” also proves that he’s still one of the most exciting screenwriters working today. After already calling “Scream VI” more of a reinvention than a retread, Williamson recently told Rolling Stone that he’s over the moon for the new installment:
“I love the rebirth of ‘Scream.’ I’ve seen ‘Scream VI’ probably five times now, and it’s great. I’m sworn to secrecy on that one, but I’m so thrilled with it. They ask me my opinion and I give it. I watched it with my partner who isn’t even a big ‘Scream’ fan and he goes, ‘Sh*t. This is good.'”
In all transparency, Williamson is a producer on these new films and definitely has a financial stake in seeing them continue to be successful. But he certainly doesn’t have to watch “Scream VI” that many times if he sincerely doesn’t approve of the direction that Olpin, Gilletts, and screenwriters James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, are taking. This is a very good sign and should get diehard fans on board to see what kind of mayhem Ghostface can drum up on the streets of Manhattan (and hopefully the outer boroughs as well).