“Scream” 5 has been in the theaters for a while, which is why directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin believe that they can finally dish on all those spooky spoilers!
Along with executive producer Chad Villella, the three of them sat down to talk with Entertainment Weekly about some shocking “Scream” details – from Dewey’s demise to confirm the identity of Sidney’s new husband!
Bringing Back Billy Loomis Was A ‘Crazy Risk’
Although “Scream” has always featured a man in a mask that seems supernatural, the slasher flicks have always been more or less straightforward. However, Skeet Ulrich reprised his role as Billy Loomis from the original 1996 “Scream” as either a ghost or a hallucination – fans still aren’t quite sure!
“For Skeet, I think we were so blown away, it was a genuine surprise, and we were so thrilled with the choice,” Gillett said. “We also knew it was a crazy risk. I will say that, across the board, for all three of these things, we knew that they were huge risks, and we also felt that we had to do them because they were huge risks.”
“We loved the idea that Billy was back,” he added.
Gillett Dishes On The Decision To Kill Off Dewey
Gillett called Dewey’s death “the big one,” adding that it was “gut-wrenching,” even just reading it in the script!
“It was like, we loved it, and we hated it, and it was brutal, and we also knew that we had to make a choice like that in this movie,” he said. “I think what Guy and Jamie did so well is that they structured it in a way that it’s essential, right? The only possible thing that could get Sid back to Woodsboro is the loss of a dear friend and a real connection to her roots.”
“For as much as it was just absolutely gutting, quite literally, to shoot that scene, it also felt like it was essential,” he added. “The movie has to be willing to take risks, and it has to show the audience that no one is safe.”
How Did David Arquette React To Dewey’s Demise?
Actor David Arquette has been in five “Scream” movies now, so Matt Bettinelli-Olpin described the hesitation to tell him that he wasn’t going to stick around for a sixth film.
“I don’t think it was wholly embraced, you know, by David, or by us, for sure,” he said. “There were nerves of, is this the right thing?”
“But he understood that, in order for it to be a real Scream movie, and for it to have the teeth that Scream has, that this kind of thing needed to happen,” he continued. “He also loved the progression that Dewey had in the story, in the arc that got told over the five movies, and so I think he was on-board, but he was also sad about it like we all are.”
When shooting his death scene, “David just went in and gave it everything he had. We knew what was happening that day, but I don’t think we knew exactly how big of a day that was and how much each character involved wanted to be a part of it. Because everybody loves David, and they love Dewey more than a lot of characters that have come and gone in the Scream universe.”
“But I think David especially, it meant a lot for him,” he added. “He was very self-reflexive on the day, and we just wanted to give him the space and let him do his thing. He was just phenomenal on everything we shot that day.”
David Arquette Did ALL Of His Own Stunt Work In His Final Scene!
Everyone knows that the 50-year-old actor is fit, but he was determined to do all of his own stunts during his final scene.
“He’s an incredible athlete, but I also feel that on a personal level, he knew that he was saying goodbye to this character, and he wanted to be in the action of that entire hospital sequence, so that’s him flipping the stuntman-Ghostface over and all that stuff on the floor,” Gillette said.
“It was a really physical chunk of shooting,” he continued. “I think we did that over the course of two or three days. He just wanted to be in the physicality of it, and kudos to him. We love his performance so d— much in this movie.”
Who Is Sidney Prescott Married To?
Although Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) never had much romantic luck in the past, the movie reveals that she is married to a character named Mark, who is never shown on screen. In “Scream 3,” detective Mark Kincaid, played by Patrick Dempsey, had a crush on Sidney but it didn’t seem like anything ever came of it, as he wasn’t mentioned at all in “Scream 4.”
Bettinelli-Olpin confirmed, “Mark Kincaid is Sid’s husband.”
“Yeah, it is,” Gillett added. “Officially on record.”
Is it possible that fans will get to see Campbell and Dempsey reprise their roles in yet another “Scream” movie? Gillette has an answer!
“We know that Guy and Jamie have a really great idea for where this saga goes, and I can say that we had such an amazing time making this one,” he said. “From start to finish, it was just like a dream come true, and if they’d have us back, we’d do it in a heartbeat.”