David Arquette is reprising his role as Sheriff Dewey Riley in the upcoming “Scream” reboot. Fans of Wes Craven‘s original franchise can anticipate a reunion of sorts, with Arquette boarding a project that could see famed “final girl” Neve Campbell returning as well. According to Variety, Spyglass Media Group announced production expects to begin filming this year, if the television and film industry restrictions allow.
“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,” says Arquette.
Craven’s original “Scream” follows Sidney Prescott (Campbell) as she’s terrorized by a masked killer running amuck, the elusive Ghostface, who’s bringing her past to haunt her in the following installments. The film debuted in 1996 and grossed over $173 million at the worldwide box office. The film continued the legacy of its novel story and meta killer instincts with sequel releases in 1997, 2000 and 2011.
Arquette is only one of many moving parts bringing this reboot to fruition. Back in mid-March, news broke that the project had found its direction in “Ready or Not” filmmakers, Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, with a script by James Vanderbilt. Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett wrote Campbell a thoughtful letter when approaching her to reprise her role, allowing the possibility of a production dedicated to the late Wes Craven.
Arquette’s recent credits include “The MisEducation of Bundu,” “Mob Town” and “Spree.” He produces “Ghosts of the Ozarks” and executive produces his wrestling documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette.”
Plot details for “Scream 5” are currently unknown. Production plans to start later this year.