Dimension Films is putting the finishing touches on its 2011 slate which focuses on continuing its most successful franchises. The first project to go into production this spring will be Scream 4, which Kevin Williamson is writing and Wes Craven has signed on to direct. Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox Arquette will be reprising their roles from the original “Scream” installments. Joining the returning cast members will be a new group of young actors. The “Scream” franchise has grossed more than $500 million at the worldwide box office and ushered in a new wave of horror in the 1990s.
“‘Scream’ has been such an integral part of Dimension’s history, and I look forward to continuing the franchise,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company. “I’ve worked with Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven on so many films at Dimension and hope to continue our successful collaboration.”
Wes Craven added, “I am delighted to accept Bob Weinstein’s offer to take the reins on a whole new chapter in ‘Scream’ history. Working with Courteney, David and Neve was a blast ten years ago and I’m sure it will be again. And I can’t wait to find the talent that will bring new blood to the screen as well. Kevin is right on his game with the new script – the characters and story crackle with energy and originality – to say nothing of some of the most hair-raising scares I’ve seen in a script since… well, since the original ‘Scream’ series. Let me at it.”
Scream 4 will be released on April 15, 2011.