The slasher series which defined an entire era of horror films – and comedy films if we’re counting its influence on Scary Movie and the subsequent procession of early-2000s parody movies – is returning after over a decade next year. And despite being billed as a reboot of sorts, Scream 2022 / Scream 5 / Scream whatever-you-want-to-call-this-one is set to pick up directly where the fourth instalment left off; welcoming back franchise stars like David Arquette as Dewey Riley, Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, Courtney Cox as Gale Weathers, Marley Shelton as Judy Hicks, and even Roger L. Jackson as the chilling voice of Ghostface.
Here’s the extremely generic official synopsis as per Paramount:
25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.
Arquette, Campbell, Cox, and Shelton is joined by a slew of fresh faces such as Melissa Barrera (In The Heights), Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars), Mason Gooding (Booksmart), Mikey Madison (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why), Jenna Ortega (Insidious), Jack Quaid (The Boys), Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers), and French model/singer Sonia Ammar.
A crucial party who hasn’t made a comeback, however, is the original franchise director and legendary purveyor of horror cinema: the late Wes Craven. As many of you may recall, Craven tragically succumbed to a brain tumour back in 2015. But his legacy appears to be in safe hands with Scream 2022 co-directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (VH/S, Devil’s Due, Ready Or Not)
The screenplay has been accomplished by Guy Busick and James Vanderbilt; the latter of whom you will have encountered in David Fincher’s Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man duology starring Andrew Garfield, as well as Independence Day: Resurgence. Vanderbilt also signed on to produce alongside the series’ longtime scribe Kevin Williamson.
Scream 2022 / Scream 5 hits Aussie cinemas on January 13th of 2022 – check out the first trailer above.