Earlier this year, it was announced that the filmmakers behind Ready or Not would be directing a new Scream movie, and after months of speculation, we now have the first bit of casting news!
Peter Oillataguerre, President of Production for Spyglass Media Group, announced today that David Arquette will reprise his role as Dewey Riley in the film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the filmmaking team better known as Radio Silence.
Arquette, who played Dewey in all four of Wes Craven’s Scream films, has expressed interest in returning to the role on multiple occasions throughout recent years.
"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," Arquette said in a statement via The Wrap.
Arquette is the first officially confirmed cast member for the new Scream, with rumors of Neve Campbell being in early discussions about reprising Sidney Prescott currently circulating around the web. However, there hasn't been an official confirmation yet that Campbell or Courteney Cox will return.
James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery, Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not, “Castle Rock”) are co-writing the screenplay.
Plot details are currently under wraps, but Arquette's return as Dewey does confirm the film will be set in the same universe as Craven's films.
Principal photography will begin later this year in Wilmington, North Carolina when safety protocols are in place.
Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak producing for Spyglass. Franchise creator and the original film’s screenwriter Kevin Williamson will serve as executive producer. Chad Villella, third member of Radio Silence, will also executive produce.
"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. Kevin Williamson’s incredible stories have entertained and inspired us for decades and we’re insanely honored 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," Radio Silence said in a statement.
Williamson said, "I’m excited to reteam with David and work with Jamie, Guy and Radio Silence on the next ‘Scream.’ Their take on the movie is both original, inventive and honors Wes’ legacy in a wonderful way. Ready or Not was my favorite horror film of last year and I can’t wait to see what their amazing talents bring to the ‘Scream’ universe. I’m thrilled to be a part of it."
Vanderbilt said, "Just the fact that we get to sit in a room with Kevin Williamson and talk about a new Scream movie is a dream come true for me. For years I’ve wanted to see a new Scream movie, and now we get to help make one. We want this to be a love letter to the movies Wes and Kevin created together and to the fans."