SCREAM producer and one third of Radio Silence, Chad Villella, talked with the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania in the first bimester of this year. By those days, he and his killer team were immersed in the editing with The Cutting Factory‘s renowned editor Michèle Hozer.
While in Los Angeles, along with the movie directors (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett) and Hozer’s film company – which is located in Canada – the process was being all remote and entering the seventh week of the directors’ cut.
“So we’re basically editing via Zoom. But the three of us are in the same room, so we can have small side conversations as we are going through the edit. So far, it’s been great. […] Technology works really great. It’s really weird not actually ever having met her in person. Which is kind of crazy, but is working out really great. Her team is incredible“.
Villella also revealed that they just had their “music editor come on this week, so working on some of the songs and getting our sound mix going pretty soon“.
A rough cut of SCREAM was shown to Paramount Studios on February 22nd, according to his information. But Kevin Williamson – the OG creator and this one’s producer – witnessed the movie before everyone else and was “stoked” with the result.
Villella, who is a major Williamson fan (he used to have a Joey Potter poster in his locker and was even trying to include clips of Dawson’s Creek in the movie, like things the characters were watching), was told by the screenwriter that “This is a lot of fun, you did it justice“.
After that, Radio Silence could sleep in peace: “That was the only blessing we cared about“.
But this blessing didn’t come easy.
“Jamie Vanderbilt (SCREAM 5‘s screenwriter) had it going do like pitching several times like ‘Hey this property of this new company called Spyglass Entertainment, they have the rights, and we want to revisit the SCREAM world, but we won’t do it without your blessing’, and initially he said ‘No’, but Jamie persisted and pitched his version of the story and told him the team he was putting in place“.
The movie will also homages Wes Craven:
“No spoilers, but he is in the movie. In a whole bunch of different ways. In ways that are very obvious, in ways that are hidden, in ways that are just complete easter eggs in production design. Wes Craven is throughout the movie. We hope it shines through“.
Chad Villella told the original idea was to get a release on the original’s anniversary date, that this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. But because of the pandemic, they got delayed in a month (January 14th 2022). It was also revealed that post production is ending right about now – this April or May.