After the passing of horror icon and Hollywood mogul, director Wes Craven, in 2015, fans of Scream put a temporary plug in their hopes of an immediate sequel. When starring actress Neve Campbell responded to the idea of a 5th installment to the series, saying “I’m not sure they’re going to make it, to be honest,” Scream 5 started slipping further out of reach.
Adding to the troubles in Woodsboro, MTV took the reins, announced a fresh cast, new story and unfamiliar circumstances. But the major difference that upset the masses: the TV Series would use a different costume for the killer.
It became all too clear to fans that seeing Ghostface back on the big screen just wasn’t going to happen. The odds were stacked against it.
The MTV series found success during the initial summer release. The franchise name, under the guise of new characters, new stakes and a new tone, drew in a dedicated following that itched for a season 2.
But many hardcore fans of the original four Scream movies stood on common ground. Without the titular characters: Sydney Prescott, Dewy Riley, Gale Weathers and Roger Jackson’s voice that sent chills down our spines for four installments, as well as a change of scenery, backstory and the famous Ghostface mask, it just didn’t feel the same.
And while Season 3 did bring back the original Ghostface mask and included well-known cast member Keke Palmer, fans had emotionally checked out by the season’s finale due to an unfulfilling plot and weak character development.
It didn’t help that before the third season, VH1 picked up the Scream TV Series and brandished new storywriters and creative teams from the first two seasons. After season 3, talks of renewing the show for a season 4 became an elephant in the room for fans and an absolute conversation killer for the network.
It’s been over a year now and there’s still no word on a renewal. This put fans through the emotional ringer, having seen their beloved series get the axe once again, with more of a whimper than a scream.
What’s the matter, Sidney? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.
As fans, we have seen plenty of ghosts in the form of Scream 5 rumors that died on arrival and haunted our hopes and dreams as knife-wielding ghouls.
In mid-2019, rumors again circulated that a Scream 5 was officially, but also secretly, in the works. Too good to be true. We knew better than to believe it.
Having been teased for years with pipe dreams of a fifth Scream movie, fans were naturally skeptical. But when Spyglass made it official in November 2019, horror fans rejoiced.
A partnership confirmed in June 2020, Spyglass and Paramount will team up to bring Scream 5 to the big screen. The time has finally come. No more rumors. No more speculation. No more false hope. It is happening.
But almost immediately after hearing the tremendous news, fans corked their champaign bottles and shifted gears. We have questions. Many questions. Fans have waited 9 years, nearly a decade, to hear this news and in that time, an insatiable appetite built.
Us fans are left wondering:
Is Scream 5 a sequel or a reboot?
Where will the story take us? Back to Woodsboro?
Is Kevin Williamson attached?
Who will direct?
And most importantly: who will return?
The first name that comes to mind is Neve Campbell.
It would be hard to imagine a Scream movie without our favorite heroine, Sydney Prescott. The badass survivor who was stabbed, beaten, shot, strangled, dropped from immense heights and relentlessly tormented by her past lives every decade, and yet still managed to outsmart her attempted murderers.
Neve Campbell is in talks to reprise her role as Sydney Prescott, stating her positive impression of the directors, but her decision is unclear at the moment. As with most people, the current situation of the world has disrupted our normal lives and thrown plenty of wrenches in our plans.
“We’ll see,” Campbell told the Hollywood Reporter. “We’re just in the beginning phases of negotiations, and we’ll have to see where it goes with COVID and everything. There are a lot of things up in the air, such as when we’ll actually get to make the movie and how we can even reenter this business at the moment.”
Don’t cry yet, Scream fans, because there is a confirmed original cast member returning for Scream 5.
That’s right! Beloved deputy, Dewey Riley, is back with his Barney Fife-ish presence to lower people’s expectations, thereby enhancing his ability to effectively maneuver within any given situation.
David Arquette said along with the news, “Scream has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and myself, I look forward to honoring Wes Craven’s legacy.”
We’re looking forward to it too, David!
As for Courtney Cox returning to her role as Gale Weathers, the cunning news reporter and author, there is still no word, yet. But seeing as how the directors reached out to Arquette and Campbell about returning to Wes Craven’s legacy, it would be safe to say the directors reached out to Cox as well.
Good news and bad news.
Good news first: Kevin Williamson will be involved with Scream 5!
The bad news is, he won’t be writing the screenplay this time around. He will, instead, serve as executive producer.
Two members of the media team, Radio Silence, are tasked with reviving the Scream franchise. Some might think the pressure is high, but Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett told Neve Campbell that West Craven and the Scream series are big influences for their work. This is especially good news for viewers.
Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillet have experience under their belts, working on a segment in the horror film V/H/S and directing the major motion picture, Ready Or Not, starring Samara Weaving. You may also recognize their comedic work from the early days of Youtube, under the username ChadMattandRob.
Not only do Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillet have major experience in film, but they also retain their sense of dark humor from their original projects and are approaching Scream 5 as fans of West Craven’s series. This hopefully means we’re more likely to recognize Scream 5 as a member of the franchise.
That covers everything you need to know about Scream 5!
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