Wes Craven Taking Break from ‘Scream’ Franchise

The acclaimed director to "not think about film for a while."

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Scream 4 underperformed at the box office, on that we can all agree. But the hit franchise still has name brand recognition so Scream 5 seemed like a certainty… until now. Wes Craven has expressed a desire to take a break from the franchise, and indeed movies in general, in a statement made to Entertainment Weekly

"I’m taking the summer off," Craven says. “I directed and produced, and my wife [Iya Labunka] produced, both Scream 4 and the previous film, My Soul to Take, and they were both very difficult films. So we just decided, 'You know what? We’re going to spend the summer someplace nice and not think about film for a while.'"

We suppose everyone's entitled to a break now and then, and despite his added comment that it is "entirely possible" that he would direct another Scream movie "if they get a script I'm interested in directing. The best situation would be if Kevin [Williamson] would come back." Williamson, the screenwriter who originated the hit series, contributed a script to Scream 4 but left the project due to creative differences with producer Harvey Weinstein. We'd like to see him back too. The last two Scream films, which were either written or co-written by Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) were, quite frankly, the inferior entries in the franchise.

Craven officially has a first look deal with the next Scream movie, whether or not he actually decides to return to the series.

Crave Online will be back with more Scream 5 news, but seriously, we'd rather be back with Stab news. When are you going to buckle down and actually make some of those, Weinstein?