Neve Campbell will reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s upcoming revival of the Scream franchise. The actress has been in negotiations to return for the last few months.
She will join previously-announced returning cast members David Arquette as Dwight “Dewey” Riley, Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers, and Marley Shelton as Judy Hicks. The new cast members include Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Mikey Madison.
The movie will be filmed in Wilmington, North Caroline under the direction of filmmaking group Radio Silence (Ready or Not, V/H/S). Radio Silence consists of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.
“We’re pinching ourselves! It’s hard to express how much the character Sidney Prescott shaped our love of movies and to have the chance to work with Neve is truly a dream come true,” Radio Silence said in a statement. “It just wouldn’t be a ‘Scream’ movie without Neve and we’re so excited and honored to join her in Woodsboro.”
Campbell added: “After spending time speaking with Radio Silence, they have shown such love, respect and admiration for Wes Craven and all that he’s created in the ‘Scream’ franchise. I am beyond excited to step back into the role of Sidney Prescott and return to Woodsboro.”
The script was written by James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not, Castle Rock). The film is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on January 14, 2022.
Radio Silence previously commented on the return of Courteney Cox. “We can’t imagine Scream without the iconic Gale Weathers and are so incredibly thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to work with Courteney. We’re absolute mega fans of her work and we’re so excited to join her in the next chapter of the Scream saga!”
Franchise creator Kevin Williamson and the third member of the Radio Silence trio, Chad Villella, are executive producing. Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak serving as producers.
“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,” Radio Silence said when the project was announced.
“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.”
The Scream movies have grossed over $608 million worldwide. The first film was released in December of 1996 and was followed by Scream 2 in December of 1997.
The third movie came to theaters in February of 2000 and was expected to be the last installment. Eleven years later, Scream 4 was released to theaters in April of 2011, however.