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Scream 6 Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

Nearly three decades after horror legend Wes Craven surprised audiences and critics everywhere 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% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Like its namesake and late-'90s predecessor, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's "Scream" was a major box office success, earning over $139 million at the worldwide box office (via Box Office Mojo). Although — unlike the original — it does have the advantage of a built-in fanbase, and the new movie definitely takes advantage of that, bringing in both new and old faces to the familiar tale. Now, in an effort to further impress this fanbase, a sequel to the requel (or, shall we say, requel-sequel) is well underway. 

Here's everything we know so far about "Scream 6."

When will Scream 6 be released?

It was recently confirmed that "Scream 6" will hit theaters on March 31, 2023 (via Deadline). Those anxiously awaiting another installment of the meta and rule-happy thriller will note that this is just barely over a year away. In a way, the trigger-happy timing of the follow-up is, in and of itself, an homage to the film's legacy. 

As longtime fans will recall, "Scream 2" was rushed into production shortly after the original came out in theaters, with the first film premiering in December 1996, and the sequel following in December of the next year (via IMDb). Of course, cashing in on the momentum of a successful slasher has its advantages. "Scream 2" may not have impressed audiences quite as much as its parent film, but in the immediate wake of the original's revolutionary spin on the slasher, critics were more aware of what they were seeing and what to expect. The sequel boasts a whopping a 81% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes — the highest in the "Scream" franchise.

Without doubt, a big part of what makes the recent requel so appealing to fans of the original is its use of several "Scream" legacy characters. But while "Scream" 2022 relies heavily on the established narrative, it also introduces audiences to a litany of new faces (both masked and unmasked), and many are wondering just how many of these survivors will reappear in the upcoming film. 

Who will star in Scream 6?

Suffice to say, barring some major use of flashback or a "The X Files"-level use of mysterious resurrection, one can safely assume that none of the victims of Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett's requel — including, sadly, David Arquette's beloved Dewey Riley — will be returning for the follow-up. That said, there are still a lot of living, breathing characters to work with by the end of the film, including new final girl Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera), intrepid reporter and Ghostface veteran Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and of course, the original final girl herself, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). 

On the "Just for Variety With Marc Malkin" podcast, Cox confirmed that she'll be returning for the sixth installment, though she hadn't yet read the script (via Bloody Disgusting). As for Campbell's tried and true Sid, her return will depend on the actor. As People reports, during a Q&A at February's Mad Monster Party horror convention, Campbell explained that although she'd already been approached about reprising her role, she is unsure about whether or not she wants to return. "We'll see," she said, adding "I'll read the script and see how I feel." 

While Barrera's casting remains unconfirmed, the star told The Hollywood Reporter that she would be thrilled to return, saying "there's nothing I would rather do." With regard to survivors Tara, Chad, and Mindy (Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, and Jasmin Savoy Brown, respectively), their returns also have yet to be announced. But if "Scream 6" mirrors "Scream 2" in much the same way 2022's "Scream" mirrors its namesake, their reappearance seems likely.

What is the plot of Scream 6?

Given that one of the franchise's stars had yet to read the script at the time of her recent interview and no official plot synopsis has been released, there's a lot we don't know about how "Scream 6" will further the masked slasher story. Nonetheless, there's much one can assume when it comes to a film of this nature. There's likely to be a spree killer, that spree killer will likely be wearing an Edvard Munch-esque white mask, and survivors of the previous films will (likely) alternate between teaming up and turning suspiciously on one another as the killer closes in on their prey. Finally, the killer's identity will be a surprise to most viewers, except for that one friend you have who always calls it 10 minutes into the movie. 

Though one can't say for sure yet how the plot will unfold, considering "Scream" 2022's overarching homage to the original, it may be worth looking back at the plot of "Scream 2" to see what the follow-up could potentially be about. In the original sequel, a copycat killer terrorizes the citizens of Woodsboro, California, after a film about the events of the first ... film ... is released. Ultimately, the killers turn out to be Sidney's movie fanatic friend Mickey (Timothy Olyphant, who bears a physical resemblance to Skeet Ulrich) while Laurie Metcalf's Mrs. Loomis (the mother of the original killer) is revealed to have set a revenge plan all her own in motion immediately following her murderous son's demise in "Scream." 

Will a relative or protégé of the similarly movie-obsessed Amber (Mikey Madison) return to avenge her death in "Scream 6"? It's entirely possible, though we will have to wait and see.