In 1996 the legendary horror franchise Scream was born, inspiring over a decade’s worth of Halloween costumes with its iconically simple serial killer at the forefront of the films. The long-faced murderer is synonymous with 90’s pop culture as the first four Scream films generated over $600 million in box office receipts worldwide, an impressive feat for a genre that does not typically excel at the box office. In recent years the film franchise has been spun off into an MTV television series of the same name, with the original film’s Director Wes Craven at the helm once again. While Craven would pass before the first season finished airing, the show would ultimately go on for three seasons and be incredibly popular among younger audiences much like the original films were. Scream 5 has been in the midst of production for some time now and will hopefully honor Craven’s legacy when it is eventually released, and as the release date approaches more details continue to come to surface about the film’s production.
On the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the original Scream, Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are hoping to revive the magic of the franchise that made it so special throughout the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. So much so that they are going to very extreme lengths to protect the film at all costs: not only were actors provided different scripts to obfuscate any spoilers, they also filmed multiple endings to the film as well to combat any potential leaks. With the former reported by CinemaBlend and the latter by BloodyDisgusting, both outlets have confirmed that the young director’s are following in Craven’s footsteps truly after Scream 2 infamously suffered from leaks and required the ending to be completely rewritten and are making every effort the same does not happen this time around.
While the directors are doing their best to ensure a smooth release for the upcoming Scream 5, fans certainly have plenty to look forward to. Fan-favorites Courtney Cox, Neve Campbelle and David Arquette will be returning to reprise their roles from the original production alongside a slew of new cast members, only further highlighting the nostalgia of this whole endeavor. A decade removed from the release of Scream 4, fans certainly have high hopes for the upcoming project. They will have to remain patient for now however as the film is not scheduled to release until January 2022.