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Even Cast Of Scream Didn't Know Who Was Behind Ghostface's Mask During Shoot

Dominic Smithers

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Even Cast Of Scream Didn't Know Who Was Behind Ghostface's Mask During Shoot

The directors of the new Scream movie were so protective of the script that even the cast initially didn't know who the killer was during filming. Watch the trailer:


The fifth instalment is set to hit our screens next year, with Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette reprising their roles as Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley.

Once again, all three must team up to uncover the true identity of the deranged killer on the loose.

But even during filming, the cast weren't allowed to know who was hiding behind Ghostface's mask.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Tyler Gillett - who co-directed the film with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin - said he and the crew worked hard to keep the mystery going.

He said: "We were really careful to protect the big reveal of the movie.

"We went as far as to withhold those moments in the script from the actors. We wanted everybody involved, to the degree that we could, to be a part of the whodunit.

Who's behind the mask? Credit: Paramount Pictures
Who's behind the mask? Credit: Paramount Pictures

"Obviously, you get to a point in the shoot where you have to let the cat out of the bag, but we went pretty far into prep and into production with a surprising amount of secrecy maintained."

The next chapter in the Woodsboro murder spree is the first not to be directed by horror icon Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015.

And ahead of production, it wasn't clear whether Campbell, Cox and Arquette were willing to do it without him.

Bettinelli-Olpin said it was touch and go for a while, and that it just wouldn't have worked if they weren't on board.

He told EW: "It was a wildly anxiety-producing situation.

"They were not disposable roles; they were very, very important and the heartbeat of what was great about the script.

"We couldn't imagine the movie without any of them and so not having that perfectly locked-in right off the bat was definitely scary."

Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox are reprising their roles. Credit: Paramount Pictures
Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox are reprising their roles. Credit: Paramount Pictures

But the trio eventually gave it the green light.

In a statement, Campbell said of her decision: "After spending time speaking with Radio Silence [Productions], they have shown such love, respect and admiration for Wes Craven and all that he's created in the Scream franchise.

"I am beyond excited to step back into the role of Sidney Prescott and return to Woodsboro."

Discussing the storyline for the new film, Cox told The Drew Barrymore Show: "This is Scream. These directors, I mean God, the directors are just incredible.

"It's a new franchise. It's hip, it's scary, it's just a new Scream. It's not a reboot, it's not a remake, it's just a brand new launch. I think it's gonna be fantastic."

Scream will be released in cinemas on 14 January 2022.

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Topics: Entertainment, Horror, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers
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