It has been 10 years since the last time Scream The film was in theaters but that changes next month when the fifth film in the franchise is simply titled Scream, finally come. To like Scream 4 before that, the new film shows a fusion of old and new, bringing in a cast of younger actors who work with legacy stars like Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, as well as new filmmakers at the helm.
With all of the new energy, you might think there’s a lot of room in the franchise for new stories, and according to co-director Tyler Gillett, you’re probably right.
Gillett, who co-directed the new film with his Radio Silence co-founder Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, replacing original franchise director Wes Craven, who died in 2015, sat down for a discussion with Total Film last month Scream‘s past and present. But he also took a moment to point the way to the future.
“This new cast of characters is so wonderful,” said Gillett. “The legacy cast, they are so wonderful. I guess what we discovered and what? [screenwriters] Guy [Busick] and James [Vanderbilt] did they found a real reason for the next story to exist. We know there is more gas in the tank. There are more stories to tell in Woodsboro, and about these characters, of course. “
The new cast, which Gillett is referring to, includes a number of rising stars like Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette and Jack Quaid, all of whom are set to bring a new perspective to the Scream franchise in the same way Scream 4 Stars like Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere did it back in 2011. It’s also noteworthy that Gillett teased “More Stories in Woodsboro,” the fictional hometown of Sidney Prescott and the source of the original Ghsotface murders.
While sequels like Scream 2 and Scream 3 moved the action out of town, Scream 4 brought back Woodsboro as the epicenter, and Scream seems to continue this tradition. It’s not hard to imagine that the new film could usher in a full blown new trilogy of stories from Woodsboro’s dark past, shifting the story to follow a new group of survivors caught in the chaos. After all, as the trailers for the new film tease, “there is always someone you know”.
Scream hits theaters on January 14th.