Nearly three decades after horror legend Wes Craven stunned audiences and critics with his irreverent take on the slasher film, 1996’s “Scream,” its reboot/sequel (a.k.a. “requel,” as they say in the movie) followed suit, quieting the naysayers and satisfying the nostalgic with its lauded relaunch of the franchise in January of 2022, earning a respectable 76 percent Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes

“Scream,” directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, earned over $139 million at the international box office, similar to its eponymous and late-’90s predecessor (via Box Office Mojo).

Unlike the original, it does, however, have a built-in following, which the new film capitalizes on by bringing in both new and old faces to the familiar story. A sequel to the requel (or, should we say, prequel-sequel) is now in the works in order to further please this fanbase.

Scream | Official Trailer (2022 Movie)

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What is the release date for Scream 6?

“Scream 6” will be released in theatres on March 31, 2023, according to new confirmation (via Deadline). Those eagerly anticipating the next part of the meta and rule-obsessed thriller will be relieved to learn that it will be released in just over a year. In some ways, the sequel’s trigger-happy timing is a tribute to the film’s history in and of itself.

Longtime fans will know that “Scream 2” was hurried into production quickly after the first picture was released in theatres, with the first film opening in December 1996 and the sequel following in December of the following year (via IMDb). Taking advantage of a successful slasher’s momentum, of course, has its benefits. Although “Scream 2” did not wow moviegoers as much as its predecessor, critics were better informed of what they were watching and what to anticipate in the immediate aftermath of the original’s groundbreaking take on the slasher.

The current requel’s inclusion of various “Scream” heritage characters is without a doubt a huge part of what makes it so intriguing to fans of the original. While “Scream” 2022 depends largely on the existing plot, it also introduces fans to a slew of new characters (both masked and unmasked), prompting speculation about how many of these survivors will return in the sequel.

In Scream 6, who will play the lead?

To be sure, none of the victims from Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett’s requel — including, regrettably, David Arquette’s beloved Dewey Riley — will be returning for the sequel, unless there’s significant use of flashback or a “The X Files”-level usage of strange resurrection.

By the end of the film, there is still a lot of life, breathing characters to deal with, including the new final girl Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera), the intrepid reporter and Ghostface veteran Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and, of course, Sidney Prescott, the original final girl (Neve Campbell).

Cox revealed that she’ll be back for the sixth edition on the “Just for Variety With Marc Malkin” podcast, despite not having read the script yet (via Bloody Disgusting). Campbell’s stalwart Sid’s comeback will be contingent on the actor’s availability. According to People, Campbell stated during a Q&A session at the Mad Monster Party horror festival in February that she has been asked about resuming her role, but she is undecided. “I’ll read the screenplay and see how I feel,” she remarked.

Barrera’s hiring has yet to be confirmed, but she told The Hollywood Reporter that she would love to return, stating, “There’s nothing I would rather do.” Tara, Chad, and Mindy (Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, and Jasmin Savoy Brown, respectively) are still missing. However, if “Scream 6” follows in the footsteps of “Scream 2” in the same manner as 2022’s “Scream” follows in the footsteps of its namesake, they are likely to return.

Scream 6 has a storyline.

There’s a lot we don’t know about how “Scream 6” will continue the masked slasher narrative, given that one of the franchise’s actors hadn’t seen the screenplay at the time of her recent interview and no official plot summary has been revealed. When it comes to a picture like this, though, there’s a lot that may be assumed. As the murderer closes in on their victim, survivors from the previous movie will (presumably) alternate between joining up and suspiciously turning on one another.

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Will a relative or protégé of Amber’s (Mikey Madison) movie-obsessed death in “Scream 6” return to revenge on her? It’s conceivable, but we’ll have to see.