The fifth chapter of the horror film Scream will be titled Scream, film’s writer Kevin Williamson announced on Wednesday, after the film wrapped up shooting.
The film will release on January 14, 2022.
Ready or Not directors Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are helming the film. The first Scream debuted in 1996, with Neve Campbell starring as Sidney Prescott and was directed by Wes Craven and written by Williamson. This will be the first Scream film that will not be directed by Craven, as he died in 2015, four years after the completion of his final film Scream 4.
That’s a wrap on Scream, which I’m excited to announce is the official title of the next film! Nearly 25 years ago, when I wrote Scream and Wes Craven brought it to life, I could not have imagined the lasting impact it would have on you, the fans. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/RCuhVUclG4
— Kevin Williamson (@kevwilliamson) November 18, 2020
“I’m excited for you to return to Woodsboro and get really scared again,” Williamson wrote on Twitter. “I’m thrilled to be reunited with Neve, Courteney, David, and Marley, and to be working alongside a new filmmaking team and incredible cast of newcomers that have come together to continue Wes’s legacy with the upcoming relaunch of the franchise that I hold so dear to my heart. See you in theatres January 2022, ” he added.
Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Marley Shelton are returning for the new film along with newcomers Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, and Dylan Minnette. The script is written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Williamson is serving as executive producer. Scream is produced by William Sherak, Paul Neinstein, and Vanderbilt.
In a conversation with cast members from the original film during a virtual reunion, Campbell said she was persuaded by the directors to come on-board for the new Scream.
“I had been really apprehensive about doing one of these films without Wes,” said Campbell. “The directors actually sent me a letter when the offer was sent and said the reason they are directors is because of Wes. So they’re even so honoured to even be asked to make this film, and that they’re such huge fans of him and the films themselves, and of the cast, and that they really wanted to honour his voice, which I really, really believe they did,” she added.