After weeks of “will she, won’t she”? it’s finally been confirmed: Neve Campbell is definitely reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in Spyglass Media Group and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming relaunch of the Scream film franchise, joining David Arquette and Courteney Cox who will return as Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers, as well as new cast members Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega.
Radio Silence, the filmmaking group behind this project, said in a statement the other day:
“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. It just wouldn’t be a Scream movie without Neve and we’re so excited and honored to join her in Woodsboro.”
And from Campbell herself:
“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.”
I’m not the biggest Scream fan but I do still quite enjoy and indeed own the previous four films, and this fifth installment is looking very promising, especially with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett directing, whose Ready Or Not struck a very similar tone to the Scream series and even felt a bit like a Wes Craven film to me in places.
Guy Busick and James Vanderbilt are writing the screenplay and the release date is January 14th, 2022.