There’s a fifth Scream film on the way – and one of the original cast members is ready to face the mask again.
David Arquette, who has played Dwight “Dewey” Riley in all four of the previous Scream movies, has signed up to reprise the role in a new entry in the successful slasher franchise.
“I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new,” the actor 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.”
This will be the first Scream entry to not be directed by Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015. At the helm for round five are Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, directors of Devil’s Due and 2019’s well-received horror film Ready or Not, starring Aussie actress Samara Weaving. They will be working from a screenplay penned by Guy Busick (Castle Rock) and James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery).
“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,” said Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett, who are together known as Radio Silence.
“[Creator] Kevin Williamson’s incredible stories have entertained and inspired us for decades and we’re insanely honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of the cinematic world Wes and Kevin so brilliantly created together. Jamie and Guy’s amazing script does that legacy justice and we’re so excited to bring the next chapter of Scream to life.”
Arquette is the first actor that’s been officially cast, although we’re still awaiting word on original star Neve Campbell, who has long been expected to be returning as Sidney Prescott.
“We’ll see,” Campbell told Collider earlier this month. “Hopefully, we can all see eye to eye on everything and make something great, but it’s a process.”
Cameras on Scream 5 are poised to begin rolling in North Carolina later this year, assuming those coronavirus restrictions ease, of course.