For a while now, many rumors swirled of the return of the Scream franchise. Eventually it was confirmed that writer Kevin Williamson was not only aiming to make another movie, but another whole trilogy of movies. Some fans cheered at the thought of more Scream finally coming; others cringed at the very thought of what it might bring. Most assumed this would be some sort of reboot with a whole new cast of actors involved, but soon word came that they were talking to none other than David Arquette and his wife Courteney Cox to reprise their roles as Deputy Dewey and Gail Weathers. This report has now been confirmed by Arquette himself, who stated to E! that he and his wife are both all set to return to the franchise that sparked their romance, and that Williamson was writing the script and fingers were crossed that Wes Craven would return to direct.
The last movie in the franchise came out in 2000, and even though that’s near a decade ago, it doesn’t really feel like it’s been that long. Even so, up until we found out they wanted Arquette and Cox, the Scream 4 project felt like it was stuck in a sort of purgatory, not sure whether it was another sequel or some kind of reboot.
Because Scream is where he met his wife seems to be the reason that the couple was so excited to go back to that world. Arquette stated:
I fell in love with my wife on Scream, so the opportunity to bring [Dewey] back to life and for my wife to play that really bitchy character again, it’s just going to be really fun. It’s just great.
The big casting issue was of course making sure that Neve Campbell would come back to play the infinitely unlucky Sidney Prescott. It didn’t take long before Campbell turned down the opportunity to return, which has made the project much more difficult for Williamson, naturally. Arquette seems to think there is still a tiny glimmer of hope for her though, saying “I hope Neve does it. I really hope so.” These days you never really know who’s in or out of a project until the movie is actually in production, so I wouldn’t be at all shocked to hear that she changed her mind down the road. My guess is that Williamson will write the role for her, and if she does indeed pass, they’ll just cast someone to step in. Campbell as the character, though she was the main focus point of the trilogy, never really felt like she was crucial to the movies. They breathed on their own (the first two, anyway), and I for one think they could still be successful with a new actress — if not improve with a better actress.
The only real unfortunate thing in all of this, is that they killed off Jamie Kennedy‘s character. As any fan of the first two movies (myself included) will tell you, the absolute best way they could have ended that trilogy was to make him the killer. Sadly, we all saw what happened, and where they went in that third movie. On the brighter side of life, this is the movies, and if they really wanted to, they could easily do a little dance and a twirl and whip up a sneaky little scheme that would explain that he never actually died. This happens on popular TV shows ALL the time. It would be a tad absurd, yes, but if done right, it wouldn’t be all that noticeable, and it may just be the only way to make the fans love the series again.
Funny how that all works.