Scream 5 In Theaters 2022
Updated: Oct 15, 2021
Everything We Know About Scream 5
If you grew up in the late 90s and early 2000s, the age of bedazzled flip-phones and flared pants, it is very likely that you love Scream. A love that borders slightly, perhaps on obsession. You can recite every word with all the right inflections and know exactly when to laugh and likewise when to recoil in fear.
When the original film was released, it was praised for its ability to straddle the line between horrifying and hilarious. Two decades and several new additions later and Scream is now a beloved franchise widely considered triumphant in both horror and comedy landscapes. And now there is a new film on the horizon to add to the ongoing hype.
Fans have been waiting for a little over a decade for a new addition to the series. In 2011, Scream 4 was released to positive reviews, making nearly 100 million dollars at the box office. Needless to say -- anticipation is high for this new release.
So, what do we have to look forward to?
Scream Five will be directed by duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet, who previously worked on the 2012 horror film VHS. And they have quite large, golden shoes to fill. Wes Craven, the director of all four previous Scream movies and the creator of Nightmare on Elm street, paved out quite the legacy for himself, birthing a fresh kind of horror that would go on to define a generation.
When Craven passed away in 2015, fans were left to wonder if it was lights out on the franchise. But it seems the film is in good hands. Back in July, Oplin made a tweet announcing that Scream Five was complete, at last. And heartwarmingly, he ended the tweet with the hashtag #ForWes, reassuring fans that the film will be made to honor Wes.
Kevin Williamson, the screenwriter for all of the Scream movies, also went to Twitter back in November to celebrate the end of filming. He said, “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,”
And while it would have been wonderful to get to watch the new film this month in celebration of Halloween, fans will have to wait until January to get their fill. But no need to fret -- there are treasures to come. For one, it has been recently confirmed that Neve Campbell, the actress who cemented her place in movie history with her role as the film’s heroine Sidney Prescott, will make a definite return in the new film, reprising her now-iconic role.
Additionally, television sweetheart Courtney Cox will also be making an appearance in the film as beloved news reporter Gale Weathers. Last year in November, she made a post on Instagram commemorating her time with Craven and praising the new directors, saying, “Walking back on the set 25 years later, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found was an incredible new cast and two uber-talented directors. I’m sure Wes will be so proud.”
But that’s not all. David Arquette, who infamously married and later divorced Cox, will also be involved in the new film, reviving his role as Dewey Riley. In an interview with THR Arquette was quoted as saying, “I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new,” As delighted as he is, the fans are sure to be as well.
There has yet to be a trailer released for the film, but fans are eagerly and patiently waiting. And they might not have to wait much longer. Twitter was buzzing yesterday when it was announced that there is now a Scream emoji, likely in anticipation for an upcoming trailer.
Scream Five is set to release on January 14th of next year. In the meantime, tell us -- what are you most excited about? What do you hope to see in the film?
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Jasmine Ledesma is both a writer based in New York and a Pyrrhic contributor. Her work has appeared in or is set to appear in places such as Crazyhorse, Rattle, and [PANK] among others. Her work was nominated for both Best of The Net and the Pushcart Prize in 2020. She was named a Brooklyn Poets fellow in 2021.