Monday, May 20, 2024

“Scream 5” is Being Planned, With Neve Campbell Likely, and a Possible Reunion of Divorced Couple Courteney Cox and David Arquette


The last time there was a “Scream” movie, number 4, was in 2011. Stars Courteney Cox and David Arquette were a married couple. The Weinstein Company was still in business, and Bob Weinstein was running the Dimension division.

Fast forward nine years. Cox and Arquette are divorced. Neve Campbell has made 5 or 6 movies no one’s ever heard of except a really bad action film with Dwayne Johnson called “Skyscraper.” Wes Craven, who directed all four “Scream” movies, is dead. The Weinstein Company and Dimension? Well, that’s a long story. They’re no longer in business.

But there will be a “Scream 5,” apparently, Spyglass Entertainment will make it. Arquette was announced today. Campbell’s announcement may come tomorrow. Courteney Cox? She’s not saying no. By Friday, the original “Scream” trio will be reunited.

Here’s something: look for Coco Cox-Arquette, who turns 16 in June, to be part of the young cast. There’s no way she won’t be part of “Scream: The Next Generation.” It’s a family business.

Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will write and direct. They made last year’s hip horror film, “Ready or Not.” Kevin Williamson, who wrote the “Scream” movies, will be a consulting producer of some kind. And look, if it’s good, it will be great fun. If it’s not good, we’ll live. Either way, it’s worth a try.

And who will play Ghostface? If they don’t shoot until after January 20, 2021, Donald Trump will be available, unless the producers think it’s typecasting.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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