It’s Official–Next ‘Scream’ Entry Earns R Rating

Well, this can hardly be considered stop-the-presses news, but at least it keeps the well-earned Scream streak intact.

Scream producer Chad Villella this week confirmed what horror fans suspected all along–the upcoming chapter in the popular franchise is rated R, as reported by Every film in the series has earned that R rating. Someone tell Ghostface he’s doing a good job.

This fifth installment in the series–due out Jan. 14, 2022–recently completed post-production and is ready for its debut. The film will release 11 years after Scream 4 hit theaters, and fans hope it was worth the wait.

Villella in a recent interview discussed several aspects of the new film–including that it will be a standalone movie–and mentioned the hard rating. “The movie is rated R,” he said.

This Scream–directed by Tyler Gillette and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick–is the first chapter in the series not directed by the late Wes Craven.

The Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures entry will see the return of Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers, David Arquette as Dewey Riley and Marley Shelton as Deputy Judy Hicks. Newcomers to the dance include Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mikey Madison.

Commenting on the film, Cox said it’s “hip and scary. It’s not a reboot–it’s a brand-new launch. I think it’s going to be fantastic.”

The original 1996 Scream–directed by Craven from a Kevin Williamson screenplay–follows high schooler Sidney Prescott as she becomes the target of a mysterious killer in a Halloween costume known as Ghostface.

Credited with revitalizing the horror genre in the 1990s, Scream earned $173 million on a budget of $15 million and birthed four sequels. The franchise, to date, has grossed more than $600 million worldwide.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on this latest Scream.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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