The Scream franchise has been enjoyed by fans since the very first film was released back in 1996, in which Drew Barrymore’s famous phone call with the villain Ghostface became a classic cinematic moment.
The first four films were directed by Wes Craven, which may have been one of the many reasons why they became such horror classics. This is the first Scream flick not to be directed by Wes Craven as he passed away in 2015 from cancer. The fifth instalment, however, will be directed by Matt Oplin and Tyler Gillett.
This franchise’s success can be of course derived from Craven’s amazing visions of horror in the first four films, and because of this we also not only have a new film on the way, but also a TV series (you can watch the first two seasons on Netflix), a video game for the fourth movie, and if you wish to include it, a parody film adopting the narrative of Scream but with other horror films and clichés mixed in – Scary Movie (2000).
Merchandise is also popular of course; each Halloween it seems that people choose to dress as the iconic villain Ghostface.
Scream 4 was released back in 2011, and already there is so much speculation, rumours, and fan discussions about this new addition to the franchise. Since this long hiatus since the last film, we must wonder as we may do with most sequels that come out a significant amount of time after the last film – why?
Despite the profit that will very likely be made from this exciting new film, some may question why after nine long years the choice has been made to bring this franchise back to life.
The casting for this film looks great so far; it may not be set in stone but not only are we seeing some new names and faces, but the original threesome of Neve Campbell (Sydney Prescott), David Arquette (Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley), and Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) are reprising their original iconic roles.
This may act as a selling point for the film, and not just for old or loyal fans – audiences may see Courteney Cox’s name for example, and recognise her as Monica Geller from Friends.
Returning cast members are always a hit with audiences, there can sometimes be nothing worse than hearing of a new sequel only to have any original actors/actresses replaced by someone else – no matter how good the replacement may be.
Campbell had also reportedly stated that she is “excited” to work with Arquette and Cox again, which adds more positivity and perhaps excitement from actors and actresses, along with fans and crew members.
One new face starring in Scream 5 is Jenna Ortega. She may not be very well known as she is relatively new to the film scene, but has starred in shows such as Jane the Virgin, Stuck in the Middle and perhaps mote noticeably, You (Season 2).
Her appearance in You was brilliant, as a teen who won’t let anyone close and is striving to be a filmmaker. With these shows under her belt, audiences may begin to wonder what role she may be playing in the upcoming thriller.
Not many roles have been released, aside from the original threesome of Campbell, Arquette, and Cox – with the addition of Marley Shelton allegedly playing Deputy Judy Hicks following her debut in Scream 4.
This casting is brilliant from what we’ve heard, with the original trio returning, and plenty of new faces and characters yet to be decided or shared with the public – another reason to keep this sequel and all its news on your radar.
Many rumours surround new shows and films, and this sequel is no exception. It is assumed that Sydney, despite other film plots, will not be the focus of this next film. Instead, it may shift towards Ghostface a little more this time, with guesses at who might be behind the black and white mask.
Fans may of course discuss what they would like to see happen in Scream 5, but not much if anything of the plot has revealed itself thus far. Many actors working on this new sequel such as Kyle Gallner (whose role is unclear as of yet, but has stared in TV series Smallville), have stated that fans will undoubtedly love this film, as it will capture the original magic of the first film back in 1996.
Production for this film seems rocky, as it is thought to have begun filming earlier this year, however it is unclear if filming began in September, or if filming has resumed in September, following the supposed scare of a small amount (one to three) testing positive for Coronavirus.
Despite this potential outbreak, production seems to be at least prepared to begin, if it hasn’t already or is waiting to begin filming once again. In the midst of rumours and stories, it does seem to be a solid estimate that filming for Scream 5 began this year.
As for the plot, next to nothing has been confirmed, but the cast could itself be an indication in regard to what the film could be about.
It has been said (around the internet) that the narrative could involve Campbell’s character Sydney returning to Woodsboro to try to find out who is the cause of all the grisly murders taking place there...
The release date for this film has surprisingly been announced – a bit of a shock perhaps, seeing as the film is quite a while away!
We know that the movie will drop on January 14th, 2022 - unless there's a delay, which cinema seems to love right now.
For this film to have a full release date is brilliant, as having a year of release is perhaps expected, but having a month and specific date too will definitely get fans and more than likely, new viewers, excited for this sequel.
Given this franchise’s history and the original threesome returning to their characters from previous films, the sequel has the power to assure audiences and fans that this sequel is not only going to be interesting and entertaining, just like the films before it, but it seems to promise to be necessary.
Many sequels it seems nowadays are made simply for profit – yes this is fair, but to truly make a sequel, especially one after a third film, relevant can be a challenge. But with as little as we know about Scream 5, fans can look forward to an updated yet classic horror film originated in the 90s – a dream for fans.
This film is definitely one to keep your eye out for.