David Arquette Officially On Board For Next ‘Scream’

At least one of Ghostface’s adversaries has signed on for another go-round with the masked killer in Scream 5.

David Arquette–who played Dewey Riley in all four Scream incarnations–this week confirmed he is up for yet another excursion into horror, according to a press release from Spyglass Media Group.

Earlier this month, as reported here in Horror News Network, Neve Campbell acknowledged she is in talks to reprise her lead role as Sidney Prescott in the horror franchise. But nothing has been set in stone yet. “We’re negotiating,” she said. “So, we’ll see.”

So, that means Arquette is the first member of the ensemble cast of the original 1996 classic to sign on the dotted line. And he sounds gung-ho about the whole thing.

“I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again,” he said, “and to reunite with my Scream family. Scream has been such a big part of my life. I look forward to honoring (original director) Wes Craven’s legacy.”

The original movie–as all fans know–has already spawned three sequels, with the last released in 2011. The franchise has grossed more than $600 million worldwide.

The storyline of the new film is being closely guarded, but the original screenplay will be written by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Guy Busick (Castle Rock), with Paul Neinstein and William Sherak producing for Spyglass.

Series creator Kevin Williamson will act as executive producer, with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of Radio Silence directing the film. The third member of Radio Silence, Chad Villella, will work alongside Williamson as executive producer.

Screenwriter Vanderbilt said this opportunity is a dream come true for him. “For years, I’ve wanted to see a new Scream movie ” he said, “and now we get to help make one. We want this to be a love letter to the movies Wes and Kevin created and to the fans.”

Principal photography will start later this year in North Carolina, it was reported, when appropriate safety procedures are put in place.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates, including additions to the cast, on Scream 5.

For more on Scream, click here.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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