'Scream 5' First Teaser Released

The first teaser for Scream 5 is here, and it has franchise killer Ghostface front-and-center. The movie's official Twitter account posted the below clip on Friday to reveal the movie's release date, Jan. 14, 2022. It features a closeup of the infamous Ghostface mask and nothing else. However, it's still enough to get fans hyped for another installment in the beloved horror series.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette are confirmed to return and reprise their roles as Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers, respectively. Neve Campbell has not confirmed a return to the lead role of Sidney Prescott just yet, but the hope is that she will also be part of the new movie.

Scream 5 will also feature Jenna Ortega, who is best known for playing Ellie in Netflix's You and the young version of Jane in Jane the Virgin. Melissa Barrera, star of the upcoming movie adaptation of the musical In the Heights, is also confirmed to join the flick in what Deadline reports in a "key role."

Deadline also reports that the movie plans to film in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the fall. Production is expected to wrap before the end of 2020. However, that plan should be taken with a grain of salt, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has caused production shutdowns and delays for projects across the globe.

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Scream 5 also marks the first Scream movie without director Wes Craven. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will helm the latest sequel, and James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick are tag-teaming the screenplay. Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillet previously directed 2019's Ready or Not and 2014's Devil's Due together. Vanderbilt wrote Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man and Netflix's smash hit Murder Mystery. Busick wrote Ready or Not and served as the story editor for Castle Rock Season 2. (He also wrote two episodes of the Hulu series.)

As the title suggests, this will be the fifth installment of the Scream franchise. The original film, released in 1996, served as a meta-take on the slasher movie genre. A sequel, Scream 2, followed one year later and skewered sequels. A trilogy was completed in 2000, although, Scream 3 fell a peg below the first two movies when it came to the box office and critical reception. Craven revived the seemingly dead franchise in 2011 for Scream 4, which brought back Campbell, Arquette and Cox to work alongside a younger cast. The movie was a success with fans, though it, too, was unable to reach quite the critical and financial heights of the first two installments.