Scream writer confirms fifth movie will be just called Scream with "fresh" take on series

Sam Warner
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Scream writer Kevin Williamson has revealed the upcoming fifth movie's official title, and opened up about its "fresh" approach.

The anticipated sequel, which will be the first movie since 2011's Scream 4, is set to see the return of regulars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette.

And it seems it will be taking exactly the same title as the 1996 original, as Williamson – who serves as executive producer – revealed that filming has finished.

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"That's a wrap on Scream, which I'm excited to announce is the official title of the next film!" he tweeted accompanied by pictures on set, including one of Campbell and Cox.

"Nearly 25 years ago, when I wrote Scream and Wes Craven brought it to life, I could not have imagined the lasting impact it would have on you, the fans.

"I'm excited for you to return to Woodsboro and get really scared again. I believe Wes would've been so proud of the film that [directors] Matt [Bettinelli-Olpin] and Tyler [Gillett] are making.

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"I'm thrilled to be reunited with Neve, Courteney, David and Marley, and to be working alongside a new filmmaking team and incredible cast of newcomers that have come together to continue Wes's legacy with the upcoming relaunch of the franchise that I hold so dear to my heart. See you in theatres January 2022."

Williamson has also explained that the new movie will sidestep the meta nature that has been done endlessly in the horror genre since the first movie came out.

"What I love about the new Scream is that it does take a fresh approach," he said during a virtual fundraiser (via Syfy).

"It's this beautiful sort of fresh new movie, but it also has this nostalgic factor that runs through it. That to me was a perfect blend of how to do the next Scream. So that was what I was most excited about."

He added: "I'm blown away by the directors, and I was really nervous because nobody is Wes Craven. I was really hesitant to even jump on board and be a part of it, and boy am I glad I did because I think it's going to make Wes proud."

Scream 5 will hit cinemas on January 14, 2022, while Scream is available now on Amazon Prime and the original trilogy is also on Blu-ray and DVD.

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