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Most of Scream 5’s Cast Don’t Know Who The Killer Is

December 3, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

The Scream franchise has tried to keep fans guessing about who the killers are, and even much of the cast doesn’t know for the latest film. William Sherak, who is producing the fifth film, told CinemaBlend that the cast is still in the dark of who the killer is thanks to multiple versions of the script.

“I think the two things to remember for us,” Sherak said. “One is there are multiple versions of the draft out there and most of the cast don’t know if they have the right version or not. So we’ve been playing that game with them as well. And the fun of a Scream movie is that everyone is guilty until proven innocent, not the other way around. So the goal is to keep that going for as long as possible and have fun with it.”

This isn’t the first time that Scream has kept the identity of the person under the Ghostface mask a secret. Scream 2 didn’t reveal the final pages to the cast until the last moment after an early draft leaked online that four different killers: Derek (Jerry O’Connell), Hallie (Elise Neal), Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber), and Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf). That resulted in rewrites and the ending being kept secret, a situation that was referenced in Scream 3 when the film-within-a-film had multiple versions of the script to obscure the ending.

The new film 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. It is directed by Ready or Not’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a script by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick and releases on January 14th, 2022.

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