The horrors of the real world have intruded once again.
The red carpet premiere for the next Scream film–slated for next Tuesday, Jan. 11–has been canceled due to concerns over the recent COVID and Omicron outbreaks, according to a report on Deadline.
The gala premiere event was expected to include the film’s directors, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, as well as stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox.
The only silver lining in this dark cloud is that the fifth entry in the classic Scream franchise will still open in theaters as planned–next Friday, Jan. 14–with press and industry screenings across the country proceeding according to schedule.
The new Scream–written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick–also stars Marley Shelton, Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Kyle Gallner and Sonia Ammar.
The R-rated slasher picks up 25 years after those first horrific murders rocked Woodsboro, but now, a new killer wears the Ghostface mask and is targeting a group of teenagers “to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.”
The original 1996 Scream–from director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson–raked in $173 million on a budget of $15 million, starting the franchise on its way to earning more than $600 million globally.
Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on Scream.