Is Scream 5 a sequel? Understand the franchise timeline

Is the new Scream (or Scream 5) a light reboot or a continuation of the horror franchise? Here’s a little bit about the saga’s timeline (via Newsweek).

Although the official title is not Scream 5, the new Scream is indeed a sequel set in the same universe and in the same timeline as the four previous films.

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Why isn’t the official title Scream 5? It could be because of the feature film’s marketing, as a simpler title tends to attract more audiences (the number “5” could drive away those who haven’t watched all the previous features).

As the new Scream takes place in the same timeline as the original, the story takes place 25 years after the Woodsboro murders, when Sidney’s mother was killed, as well as several teenagers.

In the new Scream, fans meet new characters who have a direct relationship with classic figures from the horror franchise. In addition, there is also the return of familiar faces.

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Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of Bloody Weddings are directing the new Scream (Scream 5).

The screenplay was developed by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Guy Busick (Castle Rock).

The creator of the franchise, Kevin Williamson, did not have an active role in the development of the new feature. However, he returns as an executive producer.

Read below for a synopsis of the new Scream (Scream 5).

“Twenty-five years after a series of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer appropriates the mask of Ghostface and begins stalking a group of teenagers to uncover secrets from the town’s mortal past, causing Sidney to Prescott returns to unravel the mystery.”

The cast includes well-known franchise names such as Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jack Quaid, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette and others.

The new Scream movie (or Scream 5) is in theaters.

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