Despite many fans thinking - or wishing - that Scream 6 (2023) wouldn't actually go ahead in the wake of Neve Campbell's departure from the project, the film has almost wrapped production. And now, we have our first look at the franchise's surprising new setting.
Neve Campbell's exit from Scream 6 felt like only yesterday - in actual fact, it was only around two and a half months ago. And now, Scream 6 is already in the final stages of production.
Campbell has been the staple of the franchise since Wes Craven's original film in 1996, and has appeared in every sequel since. As such, Scream 6 will mark her first absence from the franchise, though many hope she will return.
However, the upcoming sequel will also be the first time David Arquette's character Dewey Riley is absent from a Scream movie, as he was brutally slain by the Ghostface killer in this year's Scream (2022).
So, Scream 6 will start on a fresh slate. While it will serve as a direct sequel to Scream (2022), as it will see the return of all surviving characters from that film (bar Campbell), Scream now has a new home.
We've known for some time that the film will take place in Manhattan, New York City, however, a number of set photos have been revealed for the new location.
But with that said, this isn't actually Manhattan, as filming took place in Montreal, Canada, which doubles as the Big Apple for the upcoming sequel. Either way, it will make for a welcome change.
MTLBlog.com revealed a number of photos on their website, which shows existing stores and street signs in Montreal that have been transformed for the purpose of Scream 6's Manhattan setting.
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One sign advertises "Le Domas Financial Group" - which is a clever nod to the horror film Ready or Not (2019), which was directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the directors behind Scream (2022) and Scream 6.
The film revolves around a bride, played by Samara Weaving, who's forced to play a deadly game of hide-and-seek with her new in-laws. And recently, Weaving ended up joining the cast of Scream 6.
Other newcomers include Dermot Mulroney, Henry Czerny, Tony Revolori, Jack Champion, Devyn Nekoda, Liana Liberato, and Josh Segarra, who, like Weaving, have been cast in undisclosed roles.
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While New York City might seem like a huge leap for the Scream franchise, whose movies are usually set against the backdrop of idyllic American towns, this isn't the first time the series has abandoned Woodsboro.
In fact, the only movies that take place in the California town are Scream (1996), Scream 4 (2011), and Scream (2022). The other sequels - Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000), take place in Ohio and Hollywood, respectively.
Naturally, not much is known about the plot for Scream 6, but we do know that the survivors from the last movie have relocated to New York City, where a new Ghostface killer (probably two) emerges.
Scream 6 stars Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers), Hayden Panettiere (Kirby Reed), Jenna Ortega (Tara Carpenter), Melissa Barrera (Sam Carpenter), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy Meeks), Mason Gooding (Chad Meeks), Dermot Mulroney, Henry Czerny, Tony Revolori, Jack Champion, Devyn Nekoda, Liana Liberato, Josh Segarra, and Samara Weaving.
Scream 6 will be released in theaters on March 31, 2023.
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