The trailer for the much-anticipated Scream sequel/reboot hybrid has been released by Paramount Pictures. In the first official trailer of the next installment, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) come together once again to fight a new Ghostface who is thinning the herd of teenagers in Woodsboro.
The original characters are joined by franchise newcomers Melissa Berrera (In the Heights), Mason Gooding (Love, Victor), Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why), Jack Quaid (The Boys), and Jenna Ortega (You). According to the trailer, the majority of these new characters will have some link to the murders of the previous four films, making them targets in the bloody sequel.
The full trailer is available below:
The opening scene is very apropos, considering how the majority of the films start. A young girl is being tormented by a ghostly killer while alone at her house. We then catch up with Sidney, Dewey, and Gale, as Dewey sounds the alarm that the killings are happening again (also, “I’m Sidney Prescott, of course, I have a gun.” may be the best line of the franchise ever). Carnage and blood-spatter ensue as we see several of the teens about to be killed by Ghostface. This montage includes a rather distressing scene of a distraught Gale being held back by another person, which makes us worry for Arquette’s Deputy Dewey.
Scream is being labeled as a sequel/reboot hybrid, designed to both continue the story of the original characters and introduce a new set of characters who may or may not live long enough to be in the next sequel. This was the original plan for Scream 4, which unfortunately underperformed at the box office, but later a larger following in subsequent years (it’s widely considered that Scream 4‘s social media-obsessed outlook was a bit ahead of its time). The new Scream will be the first installment not directed by Wes Craven but instead is helmed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who previously worked together in 2019’s Ready or Not. Original screenwriter Kevin Williamson also returned to the series as a producer this time around.
Scream opens in theaters on January 14, 2022.
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