When it comes to horror, like all other genres, most decades have their entries that become the favorites and define that era. For the 90s two of those defining horror films/series were Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer and if Jason Blum has his way both films and their killers, Ghostface & “The Fisherman,” will be making a comeback to the big screen.
Speaking with Forbes, the man behind Blumhouse Productions, which has shepherded successful horror franchises like The Purge & Paranormal Activity as well as the Oscar-winning Get Out and the upcoming Halloween revival, revealed that he very much would like to see those 90s franchises make a return through his company.
“I would like to do both of them, but it’s a rights situation with all those movies. It’s very tangled and very complicated,” Blum said. “It’s one thing to say you want to do them and it’s a whole other thing to get to actually do it. To give you some idea, Halloween was in the works with us for four or five years before it evolved, so, there are business obstacles to cross but, in theory, if you said to me, ‘Would you like to do a Scream movie?’ My answer would be, ‘Of course.’ Sadly it doesn’t work like that.”
While I Know What You Did Last Summer came in 1997 and sort of petered out after a sequel in 1998 (before getting a direct to DVD final trilogy piece in 2006), Scream found more success after launching in 1996 and seemingly wrapping up as a trilogy in 2000 before getting a fourth entry in 2011 followed by a TV series on MTV. Both would fit well into the recent search for previous IPs to reinvigorate or reboot in the current era, something as mentioned above that Blumhouse has some experience with.
MTV is currently working on the third season of the Scream television series which no doubt is part of what makes the rights situation tricky as Blum said.
Whether Blum’s vision for the properties would be like Halloween where they are bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis and revising the franchise continuity or a rebooted franchise or just another entry in the franchise is unclear. As with Halloween, even should Blumhouse gain the rights to either franchise any revival would still be many years away.