Scream 2022 star Mikey Madison jokes about the similarities between the endings of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and the new meta-slasher.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Scream 2022 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Scream Star Mikey Madison has revealed that the similarities between her characters’ endings in the new slasher film and Once upon a time in Hollywood were purely coincidental. Screamwhich hit theaters on January 14, 2022 and was the first film knocking Spider-Man: No Way Home from #1 during its historic box office run, is the fifth film in the meta-horror franchise that began in 1996 with the Wes Craven original classic of the same name. The film followed a brand new Ghostface killer who tried to “re-quel” by combining new young people (including Madison, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Jack Quaid, Kyle Gallner, Jasmine Savoy Brown and Sonia Ammar) with old characters like Sidney Prescott from Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley from David Arquette.
In the end, one of the killers turned out to be Mikey Madison’s character Amber, a young teenager who was radicalized by Reddit and decided to create his own source material for a movie after dying prick Franchise – which is based on the “true” events of Scream – wrong turned. She is eventually defeated when she is set on fire by Sidney and Gale in an ironic “torch passing.” This particular death for her character is an echo of the fate that befell her character in Quentin Tarantino Once upon a time in Hollywood, in which she played Sadie, a member of the Manson family. Her character ends up being roasted with a flamethrower by Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth.
When speaking to THR, Mikey Madison reveals that she wasn’t initially sure how closely connected the endings of the films were because the draft script she was given – which had certain details changed to avoid spoilers – had that ending originally on Jack Quaids character distributed. However, when she learned the truth, she recognized the coincidence and “They even discussed changing my character’s death.” She’s glad it worked out that way, though, because “The film doesn’t take itself too seriously and I think it was a good choice to keep.” Read her full quote below:
I didn’t actually know that my character was going to be set on fire at the end. I thought that was supposed to be Jack’s [Quaid] Death of the character, because that’s how he died in the script they gave me. When they told me, I definitely thought, “Huh, that’s a fun coincidence.” But there wasn’t a specific choice on [Radio Silence’s] end in relation to me. They even debated changing my character’s death, but in the end we just left it in.
I just thought, “Is this going to be a weird trick?” There aren’t many young serial killer roles for women who die by fire, so it was a weird thing for me to do that again. But I find it funny. The film doesn’t take itself too seriously and I think it was a good choice to keep.
If anything, this coincidence only adds to the layers of meta-humor Scream plays with. There is also another coincidence surrounding this moment, because in the remake of prick – which was jokingly referred to as directing The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson – this version of Ghostface has also been seen with a flamethrower. While none of this was intentional, it’s all part of the pop culture fabric that makes it up Scream such a compelling franchise for fans, even all these years later.
If anything, this coincidence could provide fodder for the next Scream Movie. Thanks to the film’s success, which grossed over $100 million internationally on a budget of around $24 million, a scream 6 was only given the green light by the producers. While Mikey Madison probably won’t be returning for obvious reasons, they might just find the space to crack a joke about this random meta-moment.
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