No teenage initiation process is complete without the task of having to painfully endure the iconic slasher film, Scream. As if this year hasn't been frightening enough, we're taking a trip down horror-memory lane, returning to the infamous, fictional town of Woodsboro, California – the backdrop of the 1996 film – for the final, and highly-anticipated instalment in the franchise, Scream 5.
The fifth film is going back to its roots, with producers announcing that the latest edition will be aptly titled, Scream. Not to be confused with the original, of course. In another bout of nostalgia, Scream 5 will also see the return of some of the original cast, including Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott, David Arquette’s Dewey Riley, Marley Shelton’s Deputy Judy Hicks, and Courteney Cox’s Gale Weathers.
Kevin Williamson, who is the original screenwriter of the first film, will also be jumping on board, this time in the role of executive producer. Taking to Twitter, Williamson announced that the film had officially wrapped production earlier this week (November 18), and would be hitting cinemas in the US on January 14, 2022.
"Nearly 25 years ago, when I wrote Scream and Wes Craven brought it to life, I could not have imagined the lasting impact it would have on you, the fans," he reflected, alongside a series of behind-the-scenes photos.
That’s a wrap on Scream, which I’m excited to announce is the official title of the next film! Nearly 25 years ago, when I wrote Scream and Wes Craven brought it to life, I could not have imagined the lasting impact it would have on you, the fans. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/RCuhVUclG4
— Kevin Williamson (@kevwilliamson) November 18, 2020
"I’m excited for you to return to Woodsboro and get really scared again. I believe Wes would’ve been so proud of the film that Matt and Tyler are making. I’m thrilled to be reunited with Neve, Courteney, David and Marley, and to be working alongside a new filmmaking team and incredible cast of newcomers that have come together to continue Wes’s legacy with the upcoming relaunch of the franchise that I hold so dear to my heart."
Although plot details of the latest Scream are still scarce, Williamson revealed in a virtual cast reunion that he's excited for the final film to take a fresh approach to the other four films.
“What I love about the new Scream is that it does take a fresh approach. It’s this beautiful sort of fresh new movie, but it also has this nostalgic factor that runs through it. That to me was a perfect blend of how to do the next Scream," he shared.
"I’m blown away by the directors, and I was really nervous because nobody is Wes Craven. I was really hesitant to even jump on board and be a part of it, and boy am I glad I did because I think it’s going to make Wes proud.”