The Scream reboot has taken a leaf out of Halloween’s book, by giving the fifth film in the horror franchise the same name as the first film.
Kevin Williamson, the screenwriter who created the slasher series, announced that production on the latest instalment had wrapped confirming its official title would be Scream.
“That’s a wrap on Scream, which I’m excited to announce is the official title of the next film,” Williamson shared on Twitter, and later confirmed by Paramount.
That’s a wrap on Scream, which I’m excited to announce is the official title of the next film! Nearly 25 years ago, when I wrote Scream and Wes Craven brought it to life, I could not have imagined the lasting impact it would have on you, the fans. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/RCuhVUclG4
— Kevin Williamson (@kevwilliamson) November 18, 2020
He also shared the title treatment for the film and a photo of himself taking a selfie with original stars Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox who have appeared in all five Scream films to date. Not returning is original director Wes Craven who sadly died in 2015. Ready Or Not duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have taken over the reigns for the five-quel, and Williamson promises the series is in safe hands.
“I’m excited for you to return to Woodsboro and get really scared again” Williamson added in follow up tweets.
“I believe Wes would’ve been so proud of the film that Matt and Tyler are making. I’m thrilled to be reunited with Neve, Courteney, David and Marley, and to be working alongside a new filmmaking team and incredible cast of newcomers that have come together to continue Wes’s legacy with the upcoming relaunch of the franchise that I hold so dear to my heart. See you in theatres January 2022.”
Neve Campbell recently told fellow horror legend Jamie Lee Curtis in a chat for Variety that she was “really apprehensive” about doing another sequel following Craven’s death in 2015.
“I always felt like it’d be too difficult to do it without Wes,” she said. “He was the master of these films. He did such a beautiful job on them. We were a family.”
However, she said that the duo had written her a letter that convinced her to get on board.
“They said they basically are directors because of these films,” she said.
The 47-year-old added: “They’re really so excited to be a part of these films and what an honour it is to do them, and that they really want to do justice to Wes and honour his legacy.”
Campbell said the letter “meant a lot” to her and that she was happy to work with directors who were “doing it for the love of these films”.
John Carpenter’s 1978 film Halloween, which has been rebooted a number of times, now boasts three films with the same title: the original, Rob Zombie’s 2007 take, and David Gordon Green’s 2018 reboot are all called Halloween.
Starring Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Sonia Ammar, Jasmin Savoy Brown with Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell, Scream lands in cinemas January 2022.