After years of absence, the killer in the white mask returns in “Scream”. The film is still showing but that does not prevent a new episode from being announced, with the same team at the helm and filming planned for the next few months.
The Scream franchise reappeared in theaters in 2022
Wes Craven is no more but Ghostface has not retired. In recent weeks came out Scream in theaters, the fifth installment in the franchise. If new blood has been brought in front and behind the camera, the historical ones answered present. Starting with Kevin Williamson, the franchise’s iconic screenwriter. Then, too, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette agreed to set foot in Woodsboro again. The scenario is not very original, with a new killer who decides to terrorize the small town, after years of tranquility. As usual, part of the interest is in the mystery surrounding the person under the mask. But we cannot say that this Scream either at the height of the four shutters of Wes Craven.
From a financial point of view, success is here. The film was able to have a budget of 24 million dollars and it accumulates 107 million at the worldwide box office. At home alone, the budget was reimbursed with a handsome $63.2 million. Results are subject to change because Scream is still showing.
A sixth film is officially on track
Spyglass and Paramount did not wait for the end of the film’s run in theaters to predict the future. Both studios announce (via The Hollywood Reporter) that Scream 6 is in preparation. Screenwriters James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick are recalled, as are directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.
Their involvement will not reassure fans who have been disappointed by Scream. We especially wonder what is the point of the project, the risk of falling into repetition or not having an interesting angle is indeed significant. The good idea might be to simply seek to make a good slasher rather than summoning references (to the saga, to horror cinema…) or to introduce a layer of reflection.
The big question, at this moment, concerns the participation of veterans in the casting. We will be fixed by this summer because it is during this period that the shooting will take place. If no release date has been announced for the moment, an arrival in theaters in early 2023 is possible.