With a new Scream movie confirmed earlier this year, now comes a huge update on the return of this most beloved of modern-day horror franchise.
As announced by Spyglass Media’s Peter Oillataguerre, David Arquette is on board for what is now officially being labelled Scream 5.
Previously, it was uncertain whether or not this new Scream would be a continuation of the four previous movies, whether it would be a reboot, whether it would be an all-out remake, or whether it would veer in some other path altogether. With the news that franchise mainstay Arquette is reprising his role as Dewey Riley, that confirms that Scream 5 will indeed exist within the same world as the four films that have come before it.
Arquette is one of only three people to have appeared in all four Scream movies, and it now remains to be seen whether he’ll be joined in Scream 5 by fellow mainstays Neve Campbell and Courtenay Cox.
Already, we’ve heard rumblings that Campbell has been in tentative talks to return as series protagonist Sidney Prescott, although all has remained quite on Cox returning as Gail Weathers.
At this early stage, plot specifics are being kept hush-hush on what we can expect from Scream 5. Encouragingly, Ready or Not duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will be directing, with Ready or Not’s Guy Busick and Murder Mystery Zodiac’s James Vanderbilt on writing duties and Scream fave Kevin Williamson serving as executive producer.
The current plan is for Scream 5 to start principal photography in Wilmington, North Carolina later this year – once a safe working environment can be guaranteed, of course.