‘Scream,’ ‘Spy Kids’ Resurrected for Fourth Movies

by Ray Subers
Neve Campbell and Rose McGowan in Scream

March 23, 2010

Two long-awaited sequels, Scream 4 and Spy Kids 4, now officially have release dates. Scream 4 is set to debut April 15, 2011, while Spy Kids 4 is scheduled for Aug. 19, 2011, distributor The Weinstein Company announced today.

Scream 4 will be brought to the screen by the franchise's creators, director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson, and will feature series regulars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox Arquette and David Arquette. The first Scream was a surprise hit in 1996, grossing $103.1 million. Following its success, Scream 2 was quickly put together and banked $101.3 million a year later. Scream 3 was released more than two years later, and its slightly lower $89.1 million take seemed to put an end to the series for the time being. Worldwide, all three movies made over $500 million combined.

While nearly all future horror movies are getting the 3D treatment, it's unclear at the moment if Scream 4 will as well. It is the only movie currently scheduled for April 15, 2011, which is more than 11 years after Scream 3. The current schedule also pegs it as the second slasher movie of 2011 after Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods in January. On a separate, related note, Universal Pictures announced today that the Wes Craven-directed My Soul to Take will be released on Oct. 29, 2010, just in time for Halloween.

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World comes eight years after the last Spy Kids adventure, begging the question of who exactly the titular children will be, as the series' actors Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara are now 21 and 17 years old, respectively. Series creator Robert Rodriguez is back, at least, taking on writing and directing duties as he did on the previous three movies. The first Spy Kids soared way above industry expectations in 2001, making $112.7 million in 2001, while Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams followed the next year with $85.9 million. The Spy Kids had one last go in 2003 with Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, capturing $111.8 million. Worldwide, the Spy Kids series has racked up $465 million.

Spy Kids 4 is currently scheduled against the comedy Skank Robbers and is the second 3D movie of August after Smurfs.

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