Scream 5 could be hitting the big screen earlier than fans expected as production on the horror moves ahead.
Variety reports that the movie has a target release year of 2021 and that initial shooting is expected to begin late this summer, meaning that we don't actually have all that long to wait for the next instalment in the franchise, especially considering that it's been a whole nine years since Scream 4 was released.
The news comes as Spyglass Media Group and Paramount Pictures have joined forces as co-producers, according to Variety.
No details have been released about Scream 5's plot but it's likely to follow similar patterns to the previous four films in the franchise, which followed Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as she battled against a series of murderers who wore a mask and adopted the Ghostface persona to hunt their victims.
David Arquette has been confirmed to be returning to his role as Deputy Dewey Riley, saying that he is "thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with [his] Scream family, old and new".
No other casting news has yet been announced, although Campbell has confirmed that she has had discussions with the film's directors about a potential return for Sidney which haven't yet reached a conclusion.
Another potential returnee could be Friends star Courteney Cox, who has played news reporter Gale Weathers throughout the franchise.
Following the death of director Wes Craven, who helmed the first four films, Scream 5 will be directed by Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick co-writing the script.
The original Scream movie was released in 1996 and helped to breathe new life into the horror genre, spawning a TV series as well as the film sequels.
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