In a recent interview on The Drew Barrymore Show, actress Courtney Cox suggested that the latest film is not really Scream 5. Here is what she had to say:
“Scream, this is the fifth one. It’s not Scream 5 though, this is Scream…. These directors are incredible, they’re making it absolutely, it’s a new franchise. It’s hip, it’s scary, it’s just a new Scream. It’s not a reboot, it’s not a remake, it’s just a brand new launch. I think it’s going to be fantastic.”
Hmmm, it’s not a sequel. It’s not a remake. But sounds like a reboot to us…
Scream is directed by Radio Silence aka Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet (the excellent Ready or Not; Southbound; V/H/S) with James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man; Zodiac; Darkness Falls) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not; Stan Against Evil TV series) co-scripting.
Principal photography in Wilmington, North Carolina, has been completed despite the restrictions of having to film during the ongoing COVID pandemic. A January 14th, 2022 release is planned.
Kevin Williamson, screenwriter of the original 1996 Scream and executive producer on the new film recently stated:
“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…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.”
Previously. when it was confirmed that Neve Campbell had joined the cast of Scream 5, she said:
“After spending time speaking with Radio Silence, they have shown such love, respect and admiration for Wes Craven and all that he’s created in the Scream franchise. I am beyond excited to step back into the role of Sidney Prescott and return to Woodsboro.”
The filmmakers added: “We’re pinching ourselves! It’s hard to express how much the character Sidney Prescott shaped our love of movies and to have the chance to work with Neve is truly a dream come true. It just wouldn’t be a ‘Scream’ movie without Neve and we’re so excited and honoured to join her in Woodsboro.”
We previously reported that Spyglass Media Group and Paramount Pictures had aligned to co-produce the relaunch of the Scream franchise with David Arquette confirmed to reprise his role as Deputy Dewey. It has now been confirmed that Courteney Cox will also be coming back as news reporter Gale Weathers. Radio Silence enthused: “We can’t imagine Scream without the iconic Gale Weathers and are so incredibly thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to work with Courteney. We’re absolute mega fans of her work and we’re so excited to join her in the next chapter of the Scream saga!”
Producers are Project X Entertainment’s aforementioned Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak, with franchise creator Kevin Williamson and Chad Villella acting as executive producers.
Cast and confirmed characters:
Neve Campbell … Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox … Gale Weathers
Marley Shelton … Deputy Judy Hicks
David Arquette … Dewey Riley
Jasmin Savoy Brown