Scream 6: Release Date, Cast, And More For The Latest Entry In The Horror Series

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What's your favorite scary movie? The fifth installment of Wes Craven's meta slasher franchise, "Scream," was a delightful surprise for a January horror film. Removing the numerical from the title, 2022's "Scream" was a riff on the "re-quel," the Hollywood trend of rebooting a franchise through a marriage of returning characters and new faces to carry on the torch.

And carry on the torch they must! Controversially, Neve Campbell, the Sidney Prescott "Scream" revolves around, will not be returning for the upcoming sixth film. In her own words, "I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise."

Though we're sad to part ways with Sidney Prescott, and under such unfair circumstances, it will be interesting if "Scream" can hold its weight as it makes the most drastic departure from the franchise yet. Coming early next year in 2023, here's everything you need to know about "Scream 6," or "Scream 2," or "Scream 2: 2." There's no official title yet!

Scream 6 release date and where to watch it

If you're dealing with Woodsboro withdrawal, we have good news! Today, Paramount Pictures made some important tweaks to their 2023 release schedule. "Scream 6" has moved up from its initial date, now slated for a March 10, 2023 theatrical release. Considering the previous film had a January 14 release, it's quite impressive that Paramount managed to work on the sequel as soon as possible when the re-quel's initial success was up in the air. "Scream 6" and its new March 10 release date positions the follow up just about two months over a year since the 2022 film, keeping a steady momentum for fans' interest.

What's Scream 6 about?

2022's "Scream" had a seemingly definitive end. Dewey (David Arquette) sacrificed himself for the survival of new protagonists Sam (Melissa Barrera) and Tara (Jenna Ortega). Sidney and Gale (Courtney Cox) provided their expertise to help defeat our newest Ghostfaces, radicalized Stab fans Richie (Jack Quaid) and Amber (Mikey Madison). Gale made a bold decision to not write about her experiences defeating Ghostface this time, making a decision alongside Sidney to end the cycle of violence in Woodsboro.

How another Ghostface comes into the equation in Scream 6 is not known, however it's very likely that we'll see a shift perspective away from our legacy characters and into Sam and Tara Carpenter. Especially seeing as Sam was revealed in the last film to be the daughter of original Ghostface killer, Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich), she is potentially the biggest target outside of our original cast of characters.

One huge detail that could really shake up the "Scream" formula lies within the fact that Sam and Tara have their heart set on leaving Woodsboro for good. Production photos seemingly tease that a portion of the film will take place in New York City. A fresh setting might even be quite beneficial for more creative kills and a new sense of tension away from the typical suburbia of Woodsboro.

Whatever is going on in "Scream 6," Courtney Cox loved the screenplay.

The cast of Scream 6

Luckily, if there's one thing 2022's "Scream" succeeded in, it was letting our new characters shine. Pretty much all surviving characters from the latest "Scream" film are returning for the sequel. As we mentioned before, Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega will possibly be the new leads of the franchise as the Carpenter sisters. Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding are also back as the Meek-Martin kids and Courtney Cox is the only remaining original cast member holding down the fort.

Excitingly, Hayden Panettiere is also set to return as her fan-favorite horror junkie character, Kirby. Samara Weaving of "Ready or Not" fame will be working with the director duo again, continuing her status as a new age scream queen. Dermot Mulroney was added to the cast back in June, allegedly playing a cop. According to Deadline, we also have plenty of newcomer talent in Josh Segarra ("Arrow"), Jack Champion ("The Night Sitter"), Liana Liberato ("The Beach House"), and Devyn Nekoda ("Ginny & Georgia").

Simply put, "Scream 6" is stacked. There's a great blend of legacy characters, sophomores, and brand new faces to juggle.

The creative team behind Scream 6 and more

Known for their breakout horror-comedy, "Ready or Not," director duo Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin brought "Scream" to its newest era. With clear respect towards Wes Craven's work and a clear fascination with meta genre commentary, they were natural fits for the material. 2022's "Scream" was well regarded as a decent return to form when it was released back in January. The duo made an entry that was familiar enough to unmistakably be "Scream," but still took bold risks in its confidence in its new characters as well as its witty and relevant commentary on franchise filmmaking and toxic fandom.

Gillett and Bettinelli-Olpin are indeed returning for "Scream 6," with a screenplay penned by Guy Busick ("Ready or Not," "Castle Rock) and James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac").

Though 2022's "Scream" was largely a successful endeavor, there's a lot of hurdles this particular entry has to jump through — the ending of the last film did not leave too much room to build on a sequel as it is. Dealing with the absence of Neve Campbell's Sidney won't be easy. It's not just because of nostalgia, but the entire essence of "Scream" is built on her relationship to Ghostface. It's a story of a final girl and a constant manifestation of her trauma.

Gillett and Bettinelli-Olpin have a thin tightrope to walk as they try to innovate "Scream" for new audiences. On March 10th, 2023, we'll see for ourselves if they're successful.