Wes Craven & Kevin Williamson: Petition to have Randy Meeks in Scream 5
*It is important to note the petition is for Randy to be ALIVE in the fifth film, not for him to make a posthumous cameo appearance.
There's a reason Scream 1 & 2 got vastly higher ratings than later films. Without Randy, the Scream films are incomplete. Please, please, please, bring him back. I'm begging you. You can do all the glitzy special effects you want and have every famous name, but without Randy -the heart of the films- Scream is nothing.
He was everything clever, unique and endearing about them original. He made them funny, original and "anti-cliché - while acknowledging clichés at the same time." Without him Scream is nothing more than generic series of slasher films.
There is a reason that 14 years old, people are still questioning when he'll be back; whether it will be soon. The films are incomplete and empty without him.
Why would you even kill him initially? He was the breakout star of the first film; I do not understand any writer or director would want to destroy a character whose potential was just beginning. What happened to test screenings? Why didn't you realise how people would react -like Dewey in the film before- and change your minds?
In terms of bringing him back, "unrealistic" is not a valid excuse. The entire premise of Scream is unrealistic. Randy's survival in the original film -and indeed, Dewey's survival after being stabbed on multiple occasions- is unrealistic. The timing of the films; elements such as killers jumping up from the dead, on cue, are all incredibly unrealistic. That's why it's a film. It's not guided by real life "rules" but by what those making it want, what the audience want and what is ultimately necessary for the film to succeed. If a character is needed to live, they live and if they are not, they don't. Anything should be possible if done the right way and Randy is needed, more so now that he ever was if future films are to match the original films' success.
But if realism really concerns you, the fact is, people CAN survive being stabbed 4 times in real life. Especially since Randy was found moments after being stabbed and this is just as important to survival as the extent of someone's wounds.
If the problem is the fact having him alive would "make the whole of Scream 2 seem like it was a lie" - isn't that what you did in Scream 3 by completely retconning the killers' motives from the first film? And yet nobody cares about that, the only thing they care able is how terrible Scream 3 was as it struggled on with only a minor appearance from its true star; the heart, soul and spirit of the films.
PLEASE BRING RANDY BACK.
I'm not just saying this for me; I'm saying it for the majority of the audience, for the future of films themselves and ultimately for you, the director and writer themselves.
Or at least give him some sort of happy ending. Even if he appears in a film, having survived, for 5 seconds, it would be enough. Just please don't let him have such a pathetic excuse for death.
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