With the latest instalment in the Scream set to arrive on 14th January 2022, returning star Courteney Cox, who plays fan-favourite character Gale Weathers, has clarified the continuity of the new film.
During an interview on The Drew Barrymore Show, Cox revealed that the latest film is not Scream 5 but it’s the start of a new franchise within the Scream series.
“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.”
While plot details are being kept under wraps, co-director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin has previously stated that the film has taken inspiration from Jordan Peele’s work on Get Out and Us as well as explaining how Scream will be influenced by the late director Wes Craven in terms of the film’s violence.
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Scream 5 is being directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of the filmmaking group Radio Silence (Ready or Not, V/H/S) from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not, Castle Rock). The cast includes the returning Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, David Arquette as Dewey Riley, Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers and Marley Shelton as Deputy Judy Hicks alongside franchise newcomers Jenna Ortega (You, Jane the Virgin), Melissa Barrera (In the Heights), Jack Quaid (The Boys), Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why), Mason Gooding (Love, Victor), Mikey Madison (Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood), Kyle Gallner (Ghosts of War), Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers), and newcomer Sonia Ammar.