‘Scream’: David Arquette Explains Why He’s ‘Thrilled to Be Playing Dewey Again’

If you listen closely, you just might hear the sound of horror buffs rejoicing in the distance, because the next Scream sequel is in the works. Adding to the excitement is the return of cast and crew members from the original slasher flick. Here’s what Scream franchise star David Arquette said about coming back to his role for another scare.

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The fifth ‘Scream’ film is currently in the works

The 1996 movie, Scream, reinvented the slasher genre by sidestepping filmmaking norms and infusing a self-aware tone. With bold moves like quickly killing off an A-list star’s character, and featuring would-be victims who recite horror movie rules, Scream challenged theatergoers’ expectations.

Kevin Williamson wrote the script and returned to write Scream 2 and Scream 4, while the late Wes Craven directed all four flicks in the franchise. This dream team created some of the most memorable sequences on the big screen. Now, a new class of creatives will continue the legacy, according to Deadline.

Franchise veteran Kevin Williamson will work with a new crew

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Deadline reported that Williamson will serve as the executive producer on the Scream relaunch, and James Vanderbilt will partner with Guy Busick to write the script. Based on their credits, Vanderbilt and Busick appear to have a knack for twisted horror.

Vanderbilt is no stranger to chilling stories. He wrote the screenplays for Darkness Falls and Zodiac, among other titles. He also worked behind the scenes as a producer on several thrillers, including the comedy-horror hit Ready or Not, which Busick co-wrote. Busick also has racked up a list of other writing credits, including episodes of the fantasy-horror series, Stan Against Evil.

In the directors’ chairs, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will tag-team the Scream sequel. The duo, who previously teamed up to direct Ready or Not, will be back on set with colleagues Vanderbilt and Busick.

‘Scream’ veteran David Arquette is ‘thrilled’ to return for the fifth installment

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In casting news, the Deadline article confirmed that Arquette will reprise his role as Deputy Dewey, which he originated in Scream. The outlet quoted Arquette as saying this about his return:

“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 honoring Wes Craven’s legacy.”

It remains to be seen if Sidney Prescott and Gale Weathers, portrayed by Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, respectively, will play a part in the new story. But Scream fans are hopeful that all three original survivors will reunite.

Scream is not Scream without Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox. We want Scream 5. Don’t reboot! Fans need this reunion, in honor of Wes Craven,” tweeted a fan. Countless Scream fans across Twitter have echoed that sentiment. With any luck, the trio will return for another showdown with the Ghostface killer.