Love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in the middle, there's no denying that Scream VI has been a roaring success - between its solid reviews and mighty box office performance, the series is arguably in stronger shape than it's ever been where mainstream reception is concerned.
As such, it's little surprise that Paramount is already teeing up the next film in the series, which will presumably either be titled Scream 7 or Scream VII.
Insider reports indicate that the studio wants the seventh film shooting by October at the latest for a 2024 release, meaning that the filmmakers will need to be quick off the mark to get things going.
Even with the dust having barely settled around Scream VI, fans all have their own keen ideas about where Scream 7 should go.
And while the series' passionate fanbase can't really agree on much at all, these 10 things would absolutely help elevate Scream 7 above its two decent-but-not-great predecessors.
By switching up the formula and making some bold dramatic swings, Scream 7 has the potential to be a rare seventh entry into a horror franchise that's actually genuinely great...
10. Move On From The Legacy Cast
With the fifth Scream movie being a "requel," it signalled the series relying less on its legacy heroes moving forward - confirmed by the death of Dewey (David Arquette) and smaller roles afforded to Gale (Courteney Cox) and especially Sidney (Neve Campbell).
Scream VI then saw Neve Campbell turn down an offer to return due to a pay dispute, with Gale being the only O.G. character to return - and in a relatively limited capacity, no less.
And it evidently didn't harm Scream VI at all - between the solid reviews and it inevitably becoming the highest-grossing film in the series, the sequel proved the franchise is in safe hands with its new heroes, while gradually sunsetting the originals.
Now, while many fans would love to see Sidney return one last time, doesn't Scream 7 feel like the right time to move past the legacy characters entirely?
Bringing Sid back again after she's made industrious efforts to keep away from Ghostface, and having Gale return after being near-slaughtered in Scream VI, could easily reek of desperation. If there isn't an organic place for them in the story, just leave them out.
Sure, a quick cameo probably wouldn't be objectionable, but Scream 7 represents a ripe opportunity to let the Core Four take center stage without any caveats whatsoever.
Dusting off Sid and Gale once again for the sake of lazy, fan-serving nostalgia would ultimately prevent the series from standing on its own feet.