In Scream 4, fans aren't just getting the surviving cast members of the original trilogy — Neve Campbell, Courteny Cox, and David Arquette — but a whole new cast of newcomers headlined by Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts. While attending the red carpet premiere of the highly-anticipated sequel, Panettiere admitted to The LA Times that there was a little pressure in entering a franchise that began in 1996.
You do have to have a respect for the fact that it's something that's so established, that it's a family that's been created over the past 15 years. But [the old cast] were so nice and so welcoming and so cool about it that you didn't really feel that "Oh my God, don't mess up, you gotta come in with your stuff together."
Roberts, meanwhile, told The Huffington Post that bringing in a cast of younger actors for Scream 4 was a "smart idea" for the franchise.
Especially such great people like Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin. And all the young people are really great choices for the roles, like people that I would have imagined in the part while I was reading the script. That's gonna help bring in a younger audience. Also technology has changed so much since the original Scream. There's so much more ways to talk to people and stalk people. I think that's definitely incorporated in this new Scream.
Campbell, Cox, and Arquette were thrilled to come back and work together alongside much of the same crew as the original trilogy. The three actors, along with franchise director Wes Craven discussed what it was like to return in a behind the scenes video from Yahoo!. watch the video >> Posted 04.15.11 by Ryan
The first full-length trailer for Scream 4 was the last footage released for director Wes Craven's latest installment in the Scream franchise.
Since then, Craven has been shooting additional footage, leaving fans to feast on photos and a posters while waiting for new footage from the highly anticipated sequel.
Finally, three new clips have arrived for Scream 4, which, while they lack any sign of Ghostface, show franchise stars Neve Campbell, Courteny Cox, and David Arquette interacting with the "fresh meat" of new cast members. watch the clips >> Posted 03.24.11 by Ryan
Photos from the upcoming Scream 4, including a pic of the entire cast, turned up in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Besides returning franchise stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette, director Wes Craven also returned to helm the horror franchise, and told ShockTillYouDrop that, like the previous Scream movies, Scream 4 will continue to comment on horror movie rules.
What's going on in Woodsboro? >> Posted 10.18.10 by Ryan
I think it has echoes to the first [film]. There’s been a whole decade of horror films that in one way or another followed a certain pattern. Like you had torture porn, [and] a ton of remakes. The first [Scream] was very much observing where horror had been for the last 10 to 20 years. And this is very much looking at where horror has been for the last 10 years. There’s always somebody trying to figure out what the rules are to keep from getting killed.
Production on Scream 4 wrapped yesterday, just in time for Entertainment Tonight to air a behind-the-scenes featurette of the upcoming sequel including interviews with director Wes Craven and actors Emma Roberts, Courtney Cox Arquette, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell. View the second interview, here >> Posted 09.23.10 by Ryan
Director Wes Craven used his Twitter account to announce that production on the upcoming sequel Scream 4 had wrapped in Michigan.
It's the end of the beginning, and the beginning of the end... That's a wrap on @Scream4!
The newest installment brings some new blood to the Scream franchise in Emma Roberts, who will play Jill, the cousin of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). Roberts told MTV that Scream 4 will be "the best one." watch a preview of footage from the movie >> Posted 09.22.10 by Ryan
Adam Brody is more familiar to audiences for his performances in 2007's In the Land of Women and the TV show The O.C., but the actor's been making appearances in horror movies lately, first with last year's Jennifer's Body and now with the upcoming Scream 4. Brody spoke to Movieline about both movies and admitted that working on Scream 4, where he will play a deputy to David Arquette's now Sheriff Dewey, was a "surreal experience" considering he was a fan of the original. Find out who Brody thinks deserved a Razzie for jennifer's body >> Posted 09.11.10 by Ryan
The American Film Market is an annual meeting where the movie industry gathers together to sell or buy distribution rights and gain financing for upcoming projects. ScreenDaily reports that 2009's AFM was a success for independent studios, particularly The Weinstein Company's upcoming project Scream 4. Through the AFM, a teaser poster and synopsis were revealed.
The horror series that reignited the genre and gross[ed] more than $500 million worldwide is back! From Kevin Williamson, creator of the original Scream trilogy, the new film sees the return of cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with a group of new stars, who can all hopefully stay alive long enough to figure out the new rules to this one-of-a-kind horror franchise!
The synopsis agrees with the Scream 4 details Williamson revealed to MTV.
The fourth one is an ensemble. It'll take place right now, 10 yearslater, and it's going to take place in [Sidney Prescott's hometown of] Woodsboro. We'll have our three main characters, and we'll beintroducing several more.
Williamson says he is currently writing the script for 4, while planing a new Scream trilogy that will be well aware of its numeric place in its own franchise.
I guess I'll just have to be very aware of the fact that we're a 4 and that we're beating a dead dog. I'm going to make that very apparent in the dialogue.
Come on! It's the age of the remake! And 3-D and all that [other current horror fads], can you imagine what [Scream's movie-within-a-movie] Stab 10 is like?
Scream 4 currently has no director attached. Posted 11.09.09 by Ryan
Two months ago, David Arquette confirmed that he and wife Courtney Cox were returning for a fourth installment of the Scream franchise. There was doubt, however, as to whether Neve Campbell and Wes Craven would return. In all three previous movies, Campbell starred as the protagonist, Sidney, and Craven was behind the camera.
Well, now it appears that one of those two question marks is gone. Variety says that Campbell has agreed to return for Scream 4.
According to producer Bob Weinstein, Scream 4 will be the first in a new trilogy, although it was not specified whether the cast members had already agreed to return for the fifth and sixth installments. Production will begin sometime next spring. Weinstein also said that Scream is just one of the "revamp" projects he's at work on.
I'm going back to doing what I do best.... I'm heading back to my franchise films. These films are our strength, and we are committed to doing them in style.... There is no question that financing is readily available to produce and market these films.
Upcoming Weinstein productions include Spy Kids 4, Halloween III, and remakes of Children of the Corn, Short Circuit, and An American Werewolf in London. He also mentioned he is taking a greater interest in 3-D releases. Posted 09.25.09 by reelz
In an interview with Marc Malkin of E! Online, David Arquette confirmed that he and his wife Courtney Cox have signed on for a fourth installment of the Scream franchise.
We are going to be doing Scream 4. Kevin Williamson is writing the script at this moment, and hopefully Wes Craven is going to direct ... Kevin has sort of put out the broad strokes, but I don't think I'm at liberty to share any of that.
The franchise began in 1996 with Scream. Neve Campbell starred as Sidney, a suburban teenager hunted by a serial killer who takes cues from horror movies. Arquette played Dewey, a hapless local cop who falls in love with Cox's character, the opportunistic reporter Gale Weathers.
Two sequels followed over the next four years. Craven directed all three installments, while Williamson wrote the scripts for Scream and Scream 2 before deciding not to return for the third movie.
Campbell has decided against playing Sidney a fourth time, but Arquette said he hopes she reconsiders. He also talked about his enthusiasm for the project:
Posted 07.15.09 by reelz
I fell in love with my wife on Scream, so the opportunity to bring [Dewey] back to life and for my wife to play that really bitchy character again, it's just going to be really fun. It's just great.