Two notable franchises are gearing up to make comebacks. It was confirmed earlier this year that Scream 5 is on the way, and the G.I. Joe mythos is returning to the big screen with a Snake-Eyes spinoff. Now word’s come in that the former project officially has a release date, though you’ll have to wait even longer for the latter.
Although it was previously reported that Scream 5 was aiming for a 2021 release, Paramount Pictures announced today that the movie will instead arrive on January 14, 2022, so it just narrowly misses that previous window. As for Snake-Eyes, it was last dated for October 23, 2020, but was removed from the theatrical calendar last month. Now Paramount has slotted Snake-Eyes for October 21, 2021, so the waiting game has gotten a lot longer for that action flick.
This is fallout from the ongoing restructuring of the theatrical experience, thanks to the delays caused by the pandemic. Major studios are staking out claim to available weekends wherever possible, while other movies that are inching closer to pre-production (like Scream) are having to start looking at 2022 for the first available “landscape” on which to plant their release-date flag.
This latest scheduling change also follows approximately a month after Paramount pushed back some of its most anticipated movies. A Quiet Place: Part II, which was originally supposed to come out in March and was later moved to September, is now being saved for April 23, 2021, while Top Gun: Maverick, which was previously scheduled for a December drop, is now flying into theaters on July 2, 2021, nearly two full years past its very first release date.
It’s been nearly a decade since Scream 4 was released, with 11 years having passed between that movie and Scream 3 playing in theaters. With director Wes Craven having passed on in 2015, Ready or Not duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are taking the helming reins for Scream 5, with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick tackling the script. David Arquette and Courtney Cox are reprising their respective roles of Dewey and Gale Riley, and they’re joined by newcomers Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega.
As for Snake-Eyes, rather than being connected to the G.I. Joe movies that came out in 2009 and 2013, it appears to be a reboot centered on the origin story of the eponymous character, who’s being played by Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding. His co-stars include Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Iwo Uwais as Hard Master, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness and Samara Weaving as Scarlett. Robert Schwentke directed the picture and Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the script.
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