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You really thought we'd seen the last of Ghostface? Not a chance! The stab-happy killer is too lucrative to retire.
Following the critical and box office success of the fifth Scream movie (confusingly titled Scream), Spyglass Media Group and Paramount Pictures are teaming back up for a sixth installment in the long-running franchise started by writer Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven. Ready or Not's Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of the Radio Silence filmmaking collective are back to direct from a screenplay penned by the returning duo of James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery) and Guy Busick (Castle Rock). Production is slated to kick off this summer.
“We are tremendously grateful to the fans around the world who enthusiastically received our film," Spyglass and Paramount said in a statement. "We can’t wait for audiences to see what Radio Silence, writers Jamie and Guy and Project X have in store for our Woodsboro family."
"Working with such a wonderful and talented family of creators — and in the lineage Wes and Kevin so expertly built — has been the thrill of a lifetime and we’re so excited to bring the next chapter in the Scream saga to life," added Radio Silence.
Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein, and William Sherak will produce Scream 6 under their Project X banner. Williamson and the third member of Radio Silence, Chad Villella, are executive producers alongside Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre of Spyglass.
“Is this real life?" mused Vanderbilt and Busick. "Getting to collaborate once again with our friends on the next installment of the Scream story is more than we could have hoped for. We are overwhelmed that we get to continue to play in the sandbox that Kevin and Wes created. It is, as Ghostface would say, an honor."
“We have become a big family and are eager to continue telling stories in the wonderful Scream universe,” concluded the Project X Entertainment partners.
Despite fears over the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which forced the cancelation of the movie's red carpet premiere in Los Angeles, Scream opened at the top of the domestic box office with $34 million across the MLK holiday weekend. That figure was enough to briefly unseat Sony's Spider-Man: No Way Home, which had reigned supreme for a solid month. To date, Scream has racked up $63 million in North America and $44 million internationally for a global box office haul of $107 million, placing it above 2011's Scream 4.
The Scream franchise is the gift that keeps on giving and with over $100 million globally for the latest installment, it should come as no surprise that another film is in the works," Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst at Comscore, tells SYFY WIRE. "Coming over 10 years after Scream 4 and 26 years after the original, the strong performance of Scream 5 in movie theaters makes the decision to keep the franchise going a no-brainer for the studio. And let's not forget the added bonuses of the budget-friendly nature of these types of films and the continued popularity of the horror genre on screens big and small."
Boasting a fresh 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Scream is still playing in theaters everywhere.