Co-Writer explains the Scream 5 Rian John Reference

This story contains SPOILERS regarding the new “Scream” film.

As great as any other. “Scream”movie, the fifth film of the franchise, is movie-literate. The film’s fifth installment has fun with toxic fandoms and the idea of “a” “requel,” or a movie that remakes the original film while pairing new characters with legacy, fan favorites — just like this film does and proudly wears on its sleeve.

However, it makes a subtle reference to Rian Johnson (or as) a real director whose movie has become the poster boy for toxic fans and the trend towards requels. “Scream”He is the subject of this article. “The ‘Knives Out’ Guy.”

James Vanderbilt, one of the film’s co-writers along with Guy Busick and a producer on the film for his Project X Entertainment banner, explained to why name-dropping Johnson in one of the film’s key scenes was “kind of too perfect.”


Fans of the “Scream”The sequels discovered that the movie “The” contains a number of fake movies. “Stab” franchise. franchise. “Stab”Films tell the stories of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Ghostface murderers, and Woodsboro residents.

The running gag and premise of the new “Scream”It is Hollywood’s latest move. “Stab” movie a “requel”You can revert to the original by bringing back original characters. To emphasize the point further, the new “Stab”Movie is simply called, “Stab,”It’s not unlike how “Scream”(2022) Rips off the title “Scream”(1996) “Halloween”(2018) is the same as (2018) “Halloween” (1978).

There’s only one big difference with this new “Stab”Movie: People HATE it.

“We loved the idea that someone had made one that was not well received. Much like certain directors have made big IP movies that fandoms have rejected in an enormous way,” Vanderbilt explained. “There is a very tiny percentage of people who feel such an ownership over an IP and have such anger toward people that if they don’t do things exactly the way they want to, spew this [stuff], and that feels like something that didn’t exist 10 years ago.”

Rian Johnson directed the course “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi,”It is a continuation to one the most famous sequels. “The Force Awakens,”Johnson was also subject to a lot of online vitriol by toxic fans. Johnson directed the eighth Star Wars movie, and guess what? “Stab”Next in the franchise lineage was movie “Stab 8.”


“I think watching how people attacked him as a person was, oh we’re in new territory here,” Vanderbilt said. “In ‘Scream’ 1 they talk about Wes Carpenter movies, in ‘Scream 2’ they talk about Robert Rodriguez directed Stab. There is a great tradition of commenting on other filmmakers who are peers of the time, and that felt like a very natural thing. Rian directed this big IP that was divisive. We felt like if someone directed the ‘Stab’ movie and it were divisive, it would be fun if it were Rian.”

“Scream”The idea of a “requel” in a terrific scene where Jasmin Savoy-Brown, the film’s horror “expert,”This explains why soft remakes of franchises are so popular, as you can see in everything. “Ghostbusters”To “Halloween”To “Star Wars”It goes beyond. The characters all seem to realize that the drama they’re playing out is its own requel story, and Vanderbilt had the goal of making a movie that he as a fan would most want to see and that could comment on where the movies and the horror genre specifically has gone in the last 10 years since “Scream 4.”

“The thing about the original ‘Scream’ was that it got to have its cake and eat it too. It deconstructed the slasher while also being a great slasher [film],” Vanderbilt said. “We wanted to deconstruct the requel while hopefully making a really great requel.”


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