It's finally happening. After nearly a full decade away, Ghostface is set to return to the big screen in Scream 5. Kevin Williamson, who penned all four of the previous Scream movies, is also on board as an executive producer. Filming is aiming to begin in May.
There are no additional details about whether the film will be a continuation of the feature film narrative or if the new iteration will be a reboot.
The original film debuted in 1996 and helped completely revive the slasher genre, thanks to director Wes Craven, writer Kevin Williamson, and the cast of burgeoning talent, with many of these collaborators reprising their roles in sequels. Fans have wondered what would happen to the franchise following Craven's passing in 2015, as fans are just as passionate as ever for the series.
Unlike many other horror franchises and their revolving doors of cast and crew members, Craven directed each installment while all four films starred Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette. The series was known for circumventing the tropes of its peers, but by the time a fourth film rolled around, it began to turn into something that the series had previously mocked other franchises for doing.
Back in 2018, star Campbell revealed that, while not impossible, she had a hard time picturing a Scream 5 without Wes Craven.
"Well, ya know, I think it would be challenging… Wes Craven passed away… he was the reason those movies were so good,” Campbell shared with Kinowette.
“I mean, obviously Kevin Williamson wrote brilliant scripts. But ya know, Wes was the heart of the thing. He was what kept the dynamic consistence. I think it would be difficult to work with another director.”
Arquette, meanwhile, thinks a fifth film could exist as a tribute to Craven.