After literal years of scuttlebutt, it seems the long-rumored Scream re-reboot is finally, actually on the way. Although series creator Wes Craven is sadly no longer with us and the MTV series ended after just three seasons with a whimper rather than a bang — one that massively insulted horror fans, to boot — Ghostface will seemingly return once again. Thankfully, although there might be plenty more wrong with this reboot, at least one element of it is certain to be spot on as an OG cast-member has signed on to reprise their role.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that none other than David Arquette, who played the beloved, bumbling Dewey Riley in all four of the previous Scream movies, will be putting on his sheriff’s uniform to protect Woodsboro once again.
“I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new. 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,” he gushed (Craven passed away in 2015 and there’s a certain, very vocal sect of fans who don’t believe the franchise should continue on without him — myself included).
Happily, screenwriter Kevin Williamson, who gave the Scream movies their sharp (no pun intended) satirical edge is executive-producing too, so the fifth installment should at least feel like a Scream movie. Ready or Not directing duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, from filmmaking collective Radio Silence, are helming the project, so that’s another major point in its favor. The movie is being written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick (who co-wrote Ready or Not, too).
“It’s impossible to fully express how much Wes Craven’s work and the Scream movies in particular mean to us as fans and have influenced us as storytellers,” enthused Radio Silence in a statement.
Sidney Prescott herself, Neve Campbell, is slated to return alongside Arquette. No word yet on whether Courtney Cox, who completed their triumvirate, is also coming back but here’s hoping. Shooting is scheduled to take place in Wilmington, NC once the restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.
Although it’s technically a reboot, the fact Arquette, Campbell and, hopefully, Cox are coming back suggests Scream 5 is also a sequel, similar to 2018’s spirited Halloween rebootquel. As much as horror fans might not want to mess with the peerless legacy of the franchise, it seems like the right people are onboard to relaunch it in a major way for a whole new generation. For now, let’s try to remain cautiously optimistic ’cause there are plenty of reasons to believe this could be great.
Stay tuned to Wicked Horror for more info as it becomes available.