The Scream reboot (also informally known as Scream 2022, or Scream 5, or 5cream) is the first entry in the franchise without Wes Craven, who sadly passed away in 2015. Although the film is acting a relaunch for the series, and a jumping on point for new fans, there are plenty of elements returning from the old films.
Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Roger L Jackson are all reprising their roles, while the original film's scriptwriter Kevin Williamson on board to serve as executive producer, essentially acting as the new boss of the series.
In an interview with Us Weekly about taking over from Craven and working on where to take the Scream franchise, Williamson was asked about a long-standing fan theory: did Stu actually die?
"Well, (Stu is) just standing at the frat party in Scream 2. He is an extra! He showed up on set that night," Williamson said. "I mean Stu does live forever.
"It’s interesting. I get more flack for killing Randy in Scream 2. I hear, 'Why did you kill Randy?' It’s because you really, really liked him!"
We'd say this a more a 'Stu is alive if you want him to be' than an outright confirmation, but maybe something more concrete will feature in the film itself. Actor Matthew Lillard previously said that he would be well up for a comeback, although he wasn't sure it would happen.
"Yes, yes, I'm available, yes, yes," he said in a 2020 interview with TooFab. "There's nobody that wouldn't want to come back and reprise a role they got to do when they were a boy and be able to do something different as a man. You just don't get that opportunity often. But I can't imagine that's the way that they will go."
We'll just have to wait and see if they go there, won't we?
Scream slashes its way into cinemas on January 14, 2022.
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