Scream is the newest in a line of sequels and reboots to be given a complicated title. This new entry within the meta-horror franchise comes greater than 20 years after the primary Scream film, which was launched in 1996 and had three sequels.
Studios don’t typically give a sequel the identical identify as a earlier movie within the franchise. In the event that they do, they may add a “The” to the title, à la James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad. If a studio provides a follow-up the very same identify as the unique, this normally signifies that it is a reboot, just like the all-female Ghostbusters or the 2010s reimagining of A Nightmare on Elm Road.
Therefore the confusion across the 2022 launch Scream. Is it a reboot or is it Scream 5, the follow-up to 2011’s Scream 4?
Is the New ‘Scream’ a Reboot?
Regardless of its identify, the 2022 Scream is the truth is Scream 5—a sequel set inside the identical universe and inside the identical timeline because the earlier 4 motion pictures.
Why is it not referred to as Scream 5? That appears to be due to the movie’s advertising and marketing. As teenagers and younger adults make up a major chunk of the viewers for horror motion pictures, Paramount will need loads of them to go to theaters. They may be postpone in the event that they have not seen the earlier 4 movies, which many doubtless haven’t. No less than three of them, in spite of everything, have been made earlier than they have been born.
This was hinted at by original Scream author Kevin Williamson, who’s an government producer on this movie, in an interview with Us Weekly. In October 2021, he advised the outlet: “I feel we simply threw that identify out, however I do not assume they ever severely have been going to name it Scream 5. I do not assume anyone needed to see the quantity 5 after one thing.”
It appears the imaginative and prescient for this movie was to make what is called a “legacy sequel”—a decades-later continuation of the unique story that concurrently pays tribute to the primary movie (and normally options character from it) whereas additionally offering a brand new jumping-off level for youthful audiences.
One other current horror movie did this and, like Scream, it copied the identify of the unique film within the franchise. That was the 2018 Halloween, which introduced again Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) for a brand new era. Like Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott within the new Scream, Laurie is traumatized by the occasions of the unique film, however can’t assist however be drawn in when the killing begins.
‘Scream’ Timeline Defined
As the brand new Scream is about in the identical timeline as the unique, the story takes place 25 years after the Woodsboro Murders, when Sidney’s mom was killed together with plenty of teenagers.
In contrast to different horror franchises, Ghostface isn’t one particular person however a number of killers. After the 2 unique murderers wore the costume, plenty of copycats have used the swimsuit over time to commit their crimes. Most of them had household hyperlinks to Sidney or one of many unique killers—spoiler forward—Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich).
Scream additionally has a franchise-within-a-franchise, Stab, which acts as a commentary on neverending horror collection. A screening of the primary Stab film is the setting for the primary homicide in Scream 2. Scream 3 is about partly on the set of Stab 3, the place actors are being got rid of by a brand new particular person within the Ghostface costume.
Within the Scream universe, there have been seven Stab movies to date. The primary three are carefully based mostly on the occasions of the primary three Scream motion pictures whereas Stab 5 is alleged to function time journey, although we don’t see it on display. The openings of Stab 6 and 7 are seen in the beginning of Scream 4.
Stab 8 was initially deliberate to function within the new Scream film, however in response to co-director Tyler Gillett: “We truly shot a number of enjoyable Stab 8 stuff that simply finally, for varied causes, did not find yourself within the lower.”
What the 2022 movie does convey again, nevertheless, are Sidney and two different characters who’ve appeared in all 5 Scream motion pictures—journalist Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and former police officer Dewey Riley (David Arquette).
After a flirtation starting within the first movie, the pair bought engaged on the finish of Scream 3—across the time that Arquette and Cox married in actual life. In a usually meta contact, the brand new movie will present Gale and Dewey divorced, similar to the actors who play them.
These characters, nevertheless, might be peripheral figures within the new movie, which is able to introduce a brand new era of teenagers able to tackle Ghostface.
Scream is in cinemas on Friday, January 14, and might be streaming on Paramount+ in early 2022.