Let the screaming begin! And not just from the horror fans in the theaters–but apparently also from the cast and crew of the next Scream movie.
Both Courteney Cox, one of the original stars of the storied franchise, and creator/writer Kevin Williamson have been raising their voices in praise and anticipation of the new Scream, according to comicbook.com. And they seem sure that Wes Craven–the legendary director of the first four films in the series–would feel the same way.
Scream wrapped production just a couple of weeks ago–as reported here in Horror News Network–and Cox recently took to Instagram to express her feelings about the fifth installment in the series and also to offer an insight into how she remembers her former director.
“Scream just wrapped,” Cox wrote. “This all started 25 years ago, directed by the beloved Wes Craven. Walking back on the set 25 years later, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found was an incredible new cast and two uber-talented directors. I’m sure Wes will be so proud. Thank you Kevin Williamson for creating this legacy.”
And speaking of Williamson–the writer of the original Scream film and executive producer of the current installment–he echoed Cox’s sentiments during a recent virtual reunion event. Williamson said he was “blown away” by the new directors–Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett–but admitted he was nervous at the start “because nobody is Wes Craven. I was really hesitant to jump on board and be a part of it (but) I am glad I did because I think it’s going to make Wes proud.”
Craven, who passed away in 2015, helmed the first four Scream entries, with Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette in starring roles. The new film from Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures–written by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider–Man) and Guy Busick (Castle Rock)–deals with a woman “returning to her hometown to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.”
The new Scream–due out in theaters Jan. 14, 2022–will follow in the wake of the first four movies in the franchise that has piled up more than $600 million at the box office worldwide.
Keep reading Horror News Network for all future updates on the new Scream.