‘Scream’: Kevin Williamson Explains Why There’s No ‘5’ In The Title

With Halloween Kills in the rearview mirror, we’re headed full stop into Scream country. We’ve seen the poster, trailer, and even some first-look images. Now we finally have a concrete answer to the most pressing questions: what’s with the title?

Speaking to US Weekly, Scream‘s executive producer (and writer of the original series) Kevin Williamson, had some answers for confused fans.

Here’s what he had to share:

“Well, it was always Scream 5 because it’s the fifth one,” Williamson said. “So I think we just threw that name out, but I don’t think they ever seriously were going to call it a Scream 5. I don’t think anybody wanted to see the number five after something. You’d have to ask them – Paramount or whoever, but I think taking the 5 off and calling it Scream[works] because it’s brand new. There’s the legacy cast. And how they infuse this new world. There’s this whole new generation and a new cast of characters that are extremely fun. I think it was a great cast. It’s an amazing group of kids and young talent and they’re very, very good. They pop off the screen, and now our Sidney and our mature characters who enter into it, they’re the adults. It works really really well.”

Even though the new movie will just be simply titled Scream, don’t expect a full-on reboot. Scream features an exciting cast of faces new and familiar, not unlike the casting setup of the criminally underrated Scream 4. New cast members include rising stars Jack Quaid (TV’s The Boys), Dylan Minette (TV’s 13 Reasons Why), and Jenna Ortega (Netflix’s upcoming Wednesday series). Legacy ensemble Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have also signed on.

Director credits have been assigned to Radio Silence duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet (Ready or Not).

Scream poster

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