David Arquette confirmed to reprise role for Scream 5

David Arquette is “thrilled” to be reprising his role for the fifth instalment in the Scream franchise.It was announced on Monday that the 48-year-old will be returning as Sheriff Dewey Riley, alongside fellow original castmember Neve Campbell, who pla…

David Arquette is “thrilled” to be reprising his role for the fifth instalment in the Scream franchise.

It was announced on Monday that the 48-year-old will be returning as Sheriff Dewey Riley, alongside fellow original castmember Neve Campbell, who played protagonist Sidney Prescott.

“I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new,” he said in a statement. “Scream has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and myself, I look forward to honouring Wes Craven’s legacy.”

Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are helming the relaunch of the horror franchise, with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick penning the script.

Kevin Williamson, who co-created the hugely successful horror saga, is returning as executive producer.

“I’m excited to reteam with David and work with Jamie and Guy on the next Scream,” he added in a statement. “Their take on the movie is both original, inventive and honours Wes’ legacy in a wonderful way. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Arquette made his debut as the bumbling sheriff in Scream back in 1996, and has returned for each of the subsequent sequels, including Scream 4 in 2011.

Director Wes Craven helmed each of the movies, which have grossed more than $600 million (£490 million) worldwide, before his death in 2015.

Talks are reportedly underway to bring more original castmembers back for Scream 5, including Courteney Cox, who played local journalist Gale Weathers.

Production will begin later this year in Wilmington, North Carolina when safety protocols are in place.

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Neve Campbell confident new Scream film will honour late Wes Craven

Neve Campbell agreed to reprise her Scream role after she was convinced the new film would “honour and respect” the late Wes Craven’s original vision for the franchise.The actress was inspired to revive the role of Sidney Prescott in Scream 5 after Rea…

Neve Campbell agreed to reprise her Scream role after she was convinced the new film would “honour and respect” the late Wes Craven’s original vision for the franchise.

The actress was inspired to revive the role of Sidney Prescott in Scream 5 after Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett sent her a moving letter in which they reassured her the beloved horror filmmaker’s ideas for the series would be protected.

“I definitely had a period where I was thinking it would just be too odd to do a movie without Wes, and I wasn’t certain that I would want to do that,” Campbell told The Hollywood Reporter. “But, I think enough time has passed. I got this really, really respectful letter from the directors of the new one. They wrote a letter honouring Wes in such a beautiful way, and they expressed that the reason they make horror movies is because of Wes and the Scream films.”

In the letter, the directing duo expressed their excitement at being given the opportunity to resurrect the horror franchise and “how much they want to honour and respect Wes’ vision,” which impressed the 46-year-old.

Despite her enthusiasm, Campbell acknowledged it may be some time before she begins filming due to the Hollywood shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“So, we’ll see. We’re just in the beginning phases of negotiations, and we’ll have to see where it goes with Covid and everything (sic),” the star added.

Campbell previously played Prescott, who is hunted by the Ghostface masked killer, in the 1996 original and its three sequels between 1997 and 2011. All four films were directed by Craven, who passed away in 2015.

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Neve Campbell confirms she’s ‘having conversations’ about Scream 5

Neve Campbell has confirmed she’s been “having conversations” about reprising the role of Sidney Prescott in Scream 5. It was reported back in November that executives at Spyglass Media were developing a fifth instalment in the horror franchise, and i…

Neve Campbell has confirmed she’s been “having conversations” about reprising the role of Sidney Prescott in Scream 5.

It was reported back in November that executives at Spyglass Media were developing a fifth instalment in the horror franchise, and in March, Ready or Not helmers Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett were attached to direct.

At the time, it wasn’t known if Campbell, who played Prescott, the target of the Ghostface masked killer in the previous four films between 1996 and 2011, or franchise regulars Courteney Cox and David Arquette would reprise their roles.

But in a new interview with Rotten Tomatoes, the 46-year-old revealed she’s been in talks with the directors about the upcoming project.

“We’re having conversations – I have been approached about it,” she said. “The timing’s a bit challenging because of Covid-19. You know, we only started the conversation maybe a month and a half ago, so it’s going to take some time to figure out how it’s all going to work out… We’re negotiating, so we’ll see.

“I’m so grateful for these films… I love Sidney Prescott. It’s always fun for me to step back in her shoes, and it’s always fun for me to see the cast come back and make one of these films again and try to make another good one.”

She also shared how the directors wrote her a letter about late filmmaker Wes Craven, who helmed all four Scream movies.

“The two directors wrote me a very touching letter about Wes Craven and how he was such an inspiration to them and how they really want to honour him, and that meant a great, great deal to me,” Campbell commented. “So, we’ll see. Hopefully, we can all see eye to eye on the project and find a way to make it.”

In a separate interview with reporter Jake Hamilton, the Canadian actress confessed she was “really apprehensive” about returning to the franchise without Craven, who passed away in 2015, but was won over but the new directors’ appreciation for his work.

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New Scream movie in development – report

A new instalment in the Scream horror franchise is reportedly in development.The original 1996 movie followed Neve Campbell as high school student Sidney Prescott, who became the target of the Ghostface killer, who wore a mask inspired by Edvard Munch’…

A new instalment in the Scream horror franchise is reportedly in development.

The original 1996 movie followed Neve Campbell as high school student Sidney Prescott, who became the target of the Ghostface killer, who wore a mask inspired by Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream.

Scream, which also starred Courteney Cox and David Arquette, spawned three hugely successful instalments that were released in 1997, 2000, and 2011. A Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015, helmed all four films.

Spyglass Media Group, which was formed last year by Gary Barber, Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic, is reportedly developing a fifth instalment of the much-loved horror franchise, with Ready or Not helmers Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett attached to direct, according to The Wrap.

Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original Scream film, will also serve as one of the executive producers alongside Chad Villella.

Further details on the film, including plot and potential casting news, are currently being kept under wraps, and it’s unclear if the movie will follow on from the original story or reboot the franchise.

It’s also not known if original stars Campbell, Cox and Arquette will be reprising their roles.

Reporters at horror website Bloody Disgusting first reported back in November that Spyglass Media were in the first stages of developing the new Scream film.

Dimension Films released all four Scream movies, which raked in more than $608 million (£482 million) at the worldwide box office. Dimension is now owned by Lantern Entertainment, which is headed up by co-presidents Mitchell and Brajovic, so they own the rights to the Scream franchise.

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