In what seems to be an endless news stream pouring from the new Scream film, yet another tidbit was dropped his week. Turns out that secrecy is the watchword for the filmmakers–interesting for a movie that won’t even hit theaters for another 13 months.
The last time Horror News Network looked in on the good Scream folks, original star Courteney Cox and executive producer (and franchise creator) Kevin Williamson were saying how proud original director Wes Craven would be of the new chapter in the misadventures of Ghostface. Now we hear–courtesy of movieweb.com–that the actors in this film do not even know who this new Ghostface is yet.
The Scream franchise has maintained the tradition of inventing surprising twists for the killer’s true identity behind the iconic white mask–and this latest movie is upping the ante by distributing different versions of the script to the cast.
Plot details for the new Scream have always been scarce, and producer William Sherak recently explained the rational behind the subterfuge. “There are multiple versions of the draft out there,” he said, “and most of the cast don’t know if they have the right version. We’ve been playing that game with them.”
The fun of the Scream entries, Sherak added, “is that everyone is guilty until proven innocent, not the other way around. So, the goal is to keep that going for as long as possible and have fun with it.” Kind of a horror movie within a horror movie.
And those cast members being kept in suspense through all that include Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox (veterans of the first four films), along with Marley Shelton, Jack Quaid, Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Kyle Gallner, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Sonia Ammar.
This film from Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures–directed by the team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillette from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick–is due in theaters Jan. 14, 2022. This will be the latest in the mega-franchise that has already grossed more than $600 million worldwide at the box office.
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