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Kevin Williamson Says Scream 5 Won’t Be a Meta Horror Film

November 17, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

The new Scream movie will differ from its predecessors in that it won’t be focused on meta-commentary, according to franchise writer Kevin Williamson. Joblo reports that during a charity reunion event for the first film, Williamson discussed the upcoming fifth entry and said that it would not have the meta-horror style that the first film defined and that followed through the remaining entries.

Williamson said that the decision to move away from that was because it had been done repeatedly and that it was time for something new, though he assured that the new direction was done to honor Wes Craven’s legacy.

He added, “What I love about the new Scream is that it does take a fresh approach. It’s this beautiful sort of fresh new movie, but it also has this nostalgic factor that runs through it. That to me was a perfect blend of how to do the next Scream. So that was what I was most excited about. I’m blown away by the directors, and I was really nervous because nobody is Wes Craven. I was really hesitant to even jump on board and be a part of it, and boy am I glad I did because I think it’s going to make Wes proud.”

Williamson is executive producing the new film, which is directed by Ready or Not’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a script by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. It stars the returning Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Marley Shelton while new cast members include Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mikey Madison, Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera, and Jenna Ortega.