The decade-long wait for another Scream installment is slowly–but surely–winding down. Paramount Pictures is now on board, teaming with Spyglass Media Group to market and distribute the further big screen machinations of Ghostface and crew.
The most recent movie in the popular horror franchise–simply called Scream 5 for the time being–is slated for release sometime in 2021, according to Variety, but no specific date (or title) has yet been announced.
The roster of actors for this sequel also has not been firmed up, but (as reported here in Horror News Network) David Arquette has signed on the dotted line to reprise his role as Sheriff Dewey Riley. And franchise star Neve Campbell–who has portrayed Sidney Prescott since the original 1996 film–reportedly is in talks to return to the fold. “We’re negotiating,” the actress has said. “So, we’ll see.”
No plot details have been unveiled yet, but the original screenplay will be handled by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will direct, with series creator Kevin Williamson and Chad Villella serving as executive producers.
Principal photography reportedly will start in Wilmington, N.C. later this summer. When the film is wrapped, Paramount will handle the worldwide marketing and distribution, while Spyglass will concentrate on those duties in select international venues.
The original Scream–which spawned three sequels, the last of which hit theaters in 2011–frightened moviegoers with the story of a homicidal maniac wearing the iconic Ghostface mask and cutting a bloody swath through a California town. This premise certainly worked at the box office. The franchise has grossed more than $600 million worldwide.
Additional casting announcements are expected over the next several weeks, so keep reading Horror News Network for updates on Scream 5.