The latest installment in the meta slasher Scream franchise took over a decade to come to fruition. Now, just a few short weeks into the fifth film theatrical release, Paramount and Spyglass have officially confirmed the popular Wes Craven universe will get at least one more bloody jaunt through Woodsboro. As breaking news released yesterday, Scream 6 has officially been greenlit.
Paramount and Spyglass will once again bring the iconic Ghostface killer back to the small quaint town that started it all. The creative team behind Scream 5 will be at the helm again for the upcoming project. Radio Silence’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (Ready or Not) and Tyler Gillett (V/H/S) will direct, with James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Guy Busick (Castle Rock) returning to pen the script. Kevin Williamson, the infamous screenwriter who created the franchise over twenty-five years ago, will be on as executive producer for Scream 6.
The news likely comes as a shock to the world, as the most recent adaptation just hit theatres on January 14th. The world had not been graced with a new Ghostface murder mystery for eleven long years. It seems fans of the popular thriller trope aren’t the only ones shocked by the sudden revival. Writers Vanderbilt and Busick made comments on the Scream 6 news saying, “Is this real life? Getting to collaborate once again with our friends on the next installment of the Scream story is more than we could have hoped for. We are overwhelmed that we get to continue to play in the sandbox that Kevin and Wes created. It is, as Ghostface would say, an honor.”
As for the studio, Spyglass and Paramount seem certain in their decision to go on with the franchise in Scream 6 as they released a joint statement that read, “We are tremendously grateful to the fans around the world who enthusiastically received our film. We can’t wait for audiences to see what Radio Silence, writers Jamie & Guy, and Project X have in store for our Woodsboro family.”
When looking at the box office numbers, it isn’t actually that surprising that Paramount would push for Scream 6. Over the course of three weeks, the franchise’s fifth film’s domestic box office is already higher than what Scream 4 grossed in its entire run at the box office in 2011. Globally, Scream 5 has already fetched more than $100 million worldwide.
With such a long period of time between the last two films being released, perceptions on Scream 5 were leary heading into its release. Scream 4 received mixed reviews alongside lousy box office numbers. While reviews were varied, the consensus from many was that the style was outdated and overplayed. However, the newest movie in the franchise has received plenty of decent to outstanding reviews. Rotten Tomatoes lists the film’s overall critic approval at 78%, with a higher audience rating sitting at 82%. And most importantly, the return of the quintessential trio that started it all was praised for their performances, particularly the star, Neve Campbell, who we will likely see again in Scream 6, and her ability to give a fresh take on Sidney Prescott.
The following contains spoilers from the new film.
The latest Scream movie is set twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro. As a new Ghostface emerges, Sidney Prescott returns to uncover the truth. The new film boasted the return of franchise stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette. It also introduced new fresh faces with an ensemble cast including Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, and Dylan Minnette. While Paramount hasn’t made any casting news for Scream 6, fans can likely guess who might return after finding who survives the fifth installment. Scream 5 finally killed off the beloved screwball officer Dewey Riley, and being the epic meta slasher that the franchise is, much of the young newcomers came to a bloody ending as well.
There are plenty of possibilities for Kevin Williamson and the Scream team to ponder heading into Scream 6-which is set to begin filming this summer. The breaking news has already brought fans of the beloved franchise together on the internet to discuss possible returns of legacy characters in the next film. Hayden Panettiere’s Kirby, who was confirmed to have survived Scream 4, and Patrick Dempseys Mark Kincaid from Scream 3, who is also Sidney’s husband, all had their names thrown around as characters the studio could bring back.
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