Scream 4 Officially Greenlit; Wes Craven and Original Cast Members Confirmed


After years of rumours and speculation, it appears that Scream 4 is finally about to become a reality, a full decade after the last installment in the series hit theatres. Variety reports that Dimension Films has officially greenlit the sequel with a tentative release date of April 15th, 2011. Wes Craven is back on board to direct and Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette have all signed on to reprise their roles. Don’t kid yourself though, they won’t be the stars of the film this time around. Clearly they’re too old for anyone to truly care about, which means there will also be a new, younger generation of kids that they cross paths with, and possibly help in some sort of advisory role!

Personally I find it a bit hard to believe that the Scream franchise holds much appeal anymore. Sure, the movies were successful at the time (the original was responsible for an entire mid-’90s teen slasher trend), but is Ghostface really the kind of enduring villain that needs to be re-introduced to a new generation of moviegoers? I know there are fans out there, but I still have my doubts. I’m assuming Kevin Williamson will also pen the script; he is currently producing The Vampire Diaries, which probably gives an indication of the audience they are shooting for. Are you excited to see Scream 4? And how is it possible that this announcement was made with absolutely no mention of 3-D?! Surely that must be a mistake.

  • David

    Surely you don’t know much about this film. If you did you would know that Kevin Williamson DID write the script for Scream 4 and has already mentioned that it will not be in 3D. Get your facts straight! The series has plenty of fans who are excited for another one. Don’t assume!

  • I haven’t been following all the Scream 4 announcements over the years and although Williamson wasn’t mentioned in the Variety article, I saw him listed in the credits on IMDb (which isn’t always reliable).

    As for the 3-D thing, that’s a bit surprising… I guess they can always add it in post, right?

  • David

    Well…they could, but unlikely. It’s not really the kind of film that would use 3D. Plus Kevin has said that it will not be, so have to take his word. If you go and look at his Twitter account in the past and in the beginning of the year, you will see all the updates he made when he was writing Scream 4.

  • Niklas

    meh.. Scream was awesome back in the day but not excited about this.. at least until a trailer comes out.

  • SirPrize

    Great news!! Love the old trilogy and especially with Wes Craven behind cameras this could be exactly what he will aim for!

  • I cannot defend why I am so excited about this. I know that the movies have sucked since they killed Randy in Scream 2. And actually, if you are going to bring back a character to advise younger characters on the ins-and-outs of how to survive a horror movie, Randy is the only character that is worth bringing back. But I will still be there on opening day…with bells on.

  • Ghey… I want Last House on the Left 2!!! ;)

  • Patty

    I, for one, am thrilled that they’re coming back:
    Neve, Courtney and David Arquette in Scream 4. Those movies are my favorite franchise, in horror anyway. And I still watch the trilogy several times a year because the movies still make me jump, let out a yell, and laugh out loud. So I think they’ve stood the test of time. I don’t think the 3 leads are too old for anyone to care about. And with Kevin Williamson’s writing and Wes Craven’s direction, I’m sure the film is in good hands. Otherwise, everybody wouldn’t have signed on again. I can’t wait to see it.

  • jimmy

    OMG!! I love scream and can’t wait for the 4th one! Can’t wait woooh!! (: