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Scream’s Ghostface wields a bloody dagger in very-first poster for the fifth installment

The very-first poster for the fifth installment of Scream has been unveiled.

In a photo posted to the film’s Twitter account on Sunday, the iconic Ghostface wielded a bloody dagger.

‘It’s always someone you know,’ read the cryptic tagline to the film, set for release January 14, 2022.

Haunting: The very-first poster for the fifth installment of Scream has been unveiled

Meanwhile, the film has been hinting a trailer for the long-awaited movie is set to be released soon.    

Scream’s Twitter account has been hilariously responding to fans asking about the trailer online.

‘RELEASE THE TRAILER NOW,’ @residentnieves tweeted.

‘A little hard to upload a trailer when I’m hiding in your closet,’ the account responded. 

Killer film: The film teased fans last week by posting a string of blood drop emojis

Killer film: The film teased fans last week by posting a string of blood drop emojis 

Haunting: Scream's Twitter has also been hilariously responding to fans asking about the trailer on Twitter

Haunting: Scream’s Twitter has also been hilariously responding to fans asking about the trailer on Twitter

 

‘I want this trailer by the end of the day or I’ll gut you like a fish… understand,’ @StevenFletcher8 tweeted.

‘I’m saving it for a killer occasion….’ the Twitter account responded.

Last week, their Twitter account also teased fans by posting a mysterious string of blood drop emojis. 

Either way, fans won’t have to wait much longer for the drama in store, with the film set for release in just three months.   

In April, it had been reported that multiple versions of the script had been circulated in order to tackle potential spoilers giving away major twists ahead of the release.  

In addition, there are various edits of the film in existence, as well as cuts with differing endings.

Fixing the leak: Scream 5 has multiple scripts, endings and edits in order to stop potential spoilers being leaked ahead of the slasher sequel's release in 2022

Fixing the leak: Scream 5 has multiple scripts, endings and edits in order to stop potential spoilers being leaked ahead of the slasher sequel’s release in 2022

This was reported by Bloody Disgusting, with the studio behind Scream 5 confirming the matter.

The movie was shot last year amid various pandemic-related delays.

While the new chapter in the franchise shot in the back-end of last summer, when COVID-19 numbers were not at their worst, the release date has been effected with the continual closure of cinemas across the world.

The film is now slated for a January 2022 release, with only a few of the cast and crew aware of how the film will end in its theatrical final cut.

Tight-lipped: Multiple versions of the script have been circulated. In addition, there are various edits of the film in existence, as well as cuts with differing endings [pictured: Courteney Cox in Scream 3]

Tight-lipped: Multiple versions of the script have been circulated. In addition, there are various edits of the film in existence, as well as cuts with differing endings [pictured: Courteney Cox in Scream 3]

The first Scream burst onto the slasher scene on 1996, attracting a massive fan base.

The sequel – 1997’s Scream 2 – was the first to experience the threat of spoilers, with a risk of the killer (or killers, in the case of Scream 2) being leaked.

The production hit a major snag when the original ending – penned by screenwriter Kevin Williamson – was leaked online.

In it, there were reportedly four killers. These were Mrs Loomis – the mother of Scream 1 killer Billy – and Cotton Weary – the man heroine Sidney Prescott wrongly accused of murdering her mother.

Spoiled: Scream 2 was the first to experience the threat of spoilers, with the identity of the killers being leaked [pictured: Laurie Metcalf as Mrs Loomis]

Spoiled: Scream 2 was the first to experience the threat of spoilers, with the identity of the killers being leaked [pictured: Laurie Metcalf as Mrs Loomis]

In this draft, they teamed up with Sidney’s college boyfriend Derek, and her roommate Hallie.

When the quartet of killers’ identities were leaked, the studio behind the film ordered rewrites.

The story of the ‘original’ ending is somewhat murky, however. In 2017, Williamson told Dread Central that ‘the Hallie and Derek ending was a dummy draft’. He also said that he wrote several other versions as well.

‘The studio was determined to keep the plot details under wraps,’ he said. ‘They were worried the killer’s identity would be leaked, so we wrote several endings. Three in all, if memory serves.

‘And when actors and potential crew members asked to read the script, we would send the script with the dummy ending.’

Heroine: Sidney Prescott - played by Neve Campbell - is pictured in Scream 2. She will return for Scream 5

Heroine: Sidney Prescott – played by Neve Campbell – is pictured in Scream 2. She will return for Scream 5

He teased that another fake version was circulating with series hero Sheriff Dewey Riley – played by star of Scream 1-4 and set to return in Scream 5 – as the killer.

‘There was even a fake ending where Dewey was the killer. They existed as a decoy and nothing more. Extreme measures, but we really wanted to keep the killer’s identity a secret,’ Williamson added.

The final version saw Derek and Hallie killed off, Cotton survive for 2000’s Scream 3 (in which he was the big opening murder in the first scene) and Mrs Loomis disguise herself as local reporter Debbie Salt.

She remained the killer in the final cut, and enlisted manic film student Mickey to help her, before finishing him off in the finale.

Art imitating life: Scream 3 centered around the production of fictitious Stab 3 and saw a new maniac kill off the cast in the order they died in the script - only there were multiple versions of the screenplay 'to avoid spoilers on the internet'

Art imitating life: Scream 3 centered around the production of fictitious Stab 3 and saw a new maniac kill off the cast in the order they died in the script – only there were multiple versions of the screenplay ‘to avoid spoilers on the internet’

Scream 3 centered around the production of Stab 3 – the fictional franchise-within-a-franchise on which the life of Sidney – played by Neve Campbell – was based.

Set in Hollywood, there were plenty of in-jokes and nods to the leaks around Scream 2 included in the storyline.

The movie saw a new maniac – who turned out to be director of Stab 3 Roman Bridger – kill off the cast in the order they died in the script.

One of the issues faced in the film was that there were multiple versions of the screenplay – ‘to avoid spoilers on the internet’ – in which a different order of deaths occurred.

Re-shoots: Scream 4 was released in 2011 and had similar behind-the-scenes drama [pictured: Alison Brie in her death scene]

Re-shoots: Scream 4 was released in 2011 and had similar behind-the-scenes drama [pictured: Alison Brie in her death scene]

Scream 4 was released in 2011 and had similar behind-the-scenes drama.

Williamson was brought in to write this chapter of the series, having handed the reins over to Ehren Kruger for Scream 3 (something fans have always been unhappy about).

But Williamson’s Scream 4 draft was amended by Kruger during production – although it’s never been totally clear what was changed.

Re-ordered: Franchise director Wes Craven - who died in 2015 - changed the opening scene of Scream 4 so that the character of Marnie was killed before her friend Jenny, when initially it had been the other way around [pictured: Aimee Teegarden as Jenny in her death scene]

Re-ordered: Franchise director Wes Craven – who died in 2015 – changed the opening scene of Scream 4 so that the character of Marnie was killed before her friend Jenny, when initially it had been the other way around [pictured: Aimee Teegarden as Jenny in her death scene]

Franchise director Wes Craven – who died in 2015 – also actioned re-shoots after Scream 4 wrapped filming. He re-shot the entire first kill and changed parts of the scene involving Sidney’s assistant Rebecca in a hospital car park.

The opening scene originally saw the character of Jenny killed in front of Marnie, with Marnie stabbed next after trying to escape through the hallway.

In the revised version, Marnie is killed off-screen and thrown through a window, leaving Jenny attempting to flee the scene via the garage. She is caught by the killer and murdered.

Will he, won't he? It was at one point suggested that Skeet Ulrich - who played one of Scream 1 killers Billy - would appear in Scream 5, yet this has not been confirmed. His character was shot in the head at the end of the first film

Will he, won’t he? It was at one point suggested that Skeet Ulrich – who played one of Scream 1 killers Billy – would appear in Scream 5, yet this has not been confirmed. His character was shot in the head at the end of the first film

Scream 5 will see Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox return to their roles from the original four movies, and adds Jack Quaid, Jenna Ortega and Dylan Minnette to the new cast.

Also set to return are Scream 3’s Heather Matarazzo, Scream 4’s Marley Shelton and ‘the voice’ actor Roger L Jackson. 

It was at one point suggested that Skeet Ulrich – who played one of Scream 1 killers Billy – would appear, yet this has not been confirmed. His character was shot in the head at the end of the first film. 

Scream 5 is set for a 14 January 2022 release.


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