Scream, the iconic slasher movie franchise, is coming back from the dead with a fifth installment, and Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group have released new posters featuring the legendary scream queens Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell. They’re reprising their roles as Gale Weathers and Sidney Prescott, respectively. Also coming back for the scary ride is David Arquette as Dewey Riley, as they take you back to the place that started it all.
The Scream posters were revealed as part of the CCXP Worlds 2021 digital convention that will be held tomorrow (per Collider), and they feature Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell holding up the symbolic mask of the killer Ghostface with the tagline, “It’s always someone you know” on the bottom right-hand corner. Cox’s investigative journalist Weathers stares straight forward with her blue eyes, nearly covering one of them with the mask, while Campbell’s Prescott wears a darker outfit and looks sideways at the camera. David Arquette, meanwhile, holds the mask up to his chin and gives a mysterious stare.
The newest Scream installment, considered to be a reboot of the horror franchise, will take audiences back to the small town of Woodsboro, California, 25 years after the original Ghostface used horror movies to terrorize the teenagers who resided there. That included Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), who was still reeling from the murder of her mother one year prior to the events of the film. A Scream new killer dons the Ghostface mask and picks up where his predecessor left off, targeting a new group of teens to uncover secrets from the town’s deadly past. Sidney, Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and Deputy Dewey Riley (David Arquette) come together when they realize that their knowledgeable backgrounds involving the Ghostface killer are needed to stop the new criminal from killing more people.
According to People, the Scream reboot is the first film in the series not to be directed by Wes Craven, who died of a brain tumor at the age of 76 in 2o15. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will be taking up the director’s chair, as they are avid fans of the film made by the late Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson. Some of the actors weren’t sure how they would go about filming the reboot in Craven’s absence. Neve Campbell told Entertainment Weekly she received a letter from the new directors, known for their 2019 film Ready or Not, reassuring her that the film was in good hands.
“The idea of making these (Scream) films without Wes seemed challenging to me. I loved the man very much,” Neve Campbell said. “But Matt and Tyler wrote me a letter, speaking of their appreciation and great respect for Wes Craven, and speaking of the fact that the very reason they are directors today was because of these movies and because of Wes, and that meant a great deal to me.”
Courteney Cox, also known for playing Monica on Friends, felt the same way. She said she looked up to Wes Craven from both a professional and amicable lens, especially since he cared so much about the cast and crew. “I feel Wes would be so happy with the way Matt and Tyler have rebooted this franchise,” she said. Scream comes out in theaters on January 14, 2022.