Is there any happier sound than that of a director – loved or hated by their respective actors and crew, sometimes both – extolling the end of a long production on a major motion picture by uttering that most timeless of Hollywood phrases: “That’s a wrap”? It signifies a long road that has been maneuvered by all of the talent involved in the movies and it’s rightfully three beautiful words that can foster a celebratory atmosphere, even in the era of COVID-19. Just ask the fine folks who completed the filming of one of the most eagerly awaited movies coming down the pike – Scream 5.
Our scooping muchacho’s over at Bloody Disgusting officially broke the news yesterday that production had indeed wrapped in Wilmington, North Caroline on the Paramount Pictures and Spyglass joint Scream 5. Although slightly bittersweet – this newest installment in the long-running meta-horror film franchise will be the first of the series not helmed by legendary director Wes Craven who passed away in 2015 – the conclusion of shooting is still a happy one, especially for a project that, like many others, had to not only endure a production that relied heavily on COVID safety precautions, but that also was temporarily halted due to a small outbreak of the virus among some of the crew.
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of Ready or Not fame from a script by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), this latest chapter of Scream has been duly described by the gremlins at IMDb (don’t leave home without it, movie fans!) as a story about “a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.” You really don’t need to be Ralph Dibney to surmise that the “woman” in question is none other than Scream’s very own Last Girl Neve Campbell, who is one of several returning veterans to the series. Other actors set to go mano a mano with chief villain Ghostface are Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Marley Shelton, Jack Quaid, Jenna Ortega, Kyle Gallner, Marley Shelton and Dylan Minnette.
So, when can anxious cinephile’s expect to view the latest Scream magnum opus? You’d better settle down with a good, long book – preferably War and Peace – fear fans, because like so much else percolating in the world today, there’s gonna be a wait: Spyglass and Paramount have announced that Scream 5 will not see the light of day until January 14, 2022. Doing my patented Jethro Bodine ciphering, that’s roughly one year and two months away (or fourteen months; pick your mileage). That’s a whole lotta Scream 1-4 binge watching in the interim.
This confirmed horror film fan will undoubtedly show up in line fully vaccinated and rarin’ to see Scream 5, even though the series as a whole (WARNING: Author’s Digression Time)has always felt off since the creative decision to kill actor Jamie Kennedy’s Randy Meeks character in the sophomore outing; Over twenty years later and that is one cinematic death that still hurts. Can Scream 5 course-correct, even sans Kennedy and the much missed Wes Craven? Tune in on January, 14, 2022 to find out!