The cast of 1997’s Scream seems very interested in an on-screen reunion for the upcoming Scream 5.
It’s not common to see actors that have spent years tied to a never-ending franchise to express such great love for that franchise. They often pull a Robert Pattinson and try to distance themselves as much as possible. The original cast of Scream is an exception. Being a horror franchise, most of everyone who has ever had a supporting role in the films has died a violent death, but that hasn’t stopped them from wanting to return.
It’s been recently confirmed that another Scream is in development from the Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. It’s yet to be said on where the film will stand in the series, either as a sequel or as a reboot, but more and more signs are pointing towards a sequel.
Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox, Scream is a meta-horror slasher that follows a group of high schoolers that are hunted down by a masked killed known as Ghostface. The film was a critical and financial success and was given three sequels, as well as a TV adaptation on MTV. Now, Campbell is announcing a possible return for final girl Sideny Prescott.
Campbell spoke about reprising the character during an interview on Jake Hamilton’s YouTube show. Confirming that someone has already reached out to her. She also shared the details involving a letter the new directors sent regarding the passing of Wes Craven. From The Hollywood Reporter,
“They came to me with Scream 5, and these directors are incredibly talented. They wrote a letter honoring Wes in such a beautiful way, and they expressed that the reason they make horror movies is because of Wes and the Scream films.
They also expressed how blown away they are at the idea of actually getting an opportunity to make one of them and how much they want to honor and respect Wes’ vision. It was just beautiful, and I was really grateful.
David Arquette, who played Officer Dewey, also expressed interest in returning. Although no one has reached out to him yet, he shared ideas for his character via MovieWeb.
“I don’t know. I guess maybe he’d be almost ready for retirement. I don’t know if he would still be together with Gale. There was a lot of interesting stuff that we were pitching to Wes [Craven] for Scream 4 that didn’t really happen…”
“I always liked the dynamic of them, sort of the cat and mouse, Sam and Diane aspect of their relationship was always fun for me. Whatever it is, I’d love to see it have some stakes to it, where it’s palpable. Just play with the love element. I think that was fun about the first one especially. You could see the spark in their eyes and a budding relationship. To go back to that would be fun.”
He wished to see more of Dewey in Scream 5, his life with Gale, and whether he’s a father or not. According to Arquette, Dewey and Gale had a child together in one of the earlier drafts of Scream 4 but it was cut out.
The deceased want to live again
Rose McGowan has spoken up about returning as well. In the original 1997 film, McGowan played the tough-talking Tatum Riley, Sidney’s best friend, and Dewey’s younger sister who was unknowingly dating one of the two killers. She was murdered near the end of the film in one of the more memorable death scenes.
McGowan spoke with IndieWire via Instagram Live about an idea she’s always had for her character. In her dream version of Scream 5, Tatum’s long lost twin sister would emerge from the shadows and take revenge on the town of Woodsburrow. In the interview, McGowan mentioned how she does not wish to act anymore but if offered the chance to return to Scream she would come out of retirement.
Another innocent victim from the franchise that fans deeply miss is movie nerd Randy, played by Jamie Kennedy. Randy holds his place within the franchise, and the horror genre altogether, for being the character that verbally lists the “rules” one needs to follow in order to survive a horror movie. Randy makes it through Scream but ends up getting murdered by Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2 after he makes the mistake of insulting her son Billy.
Now, Kenndy thinks it’s Randy’s turn to get some revenge. When fans got word that Scream was coming back, some started sharing fan theories about who the killer might be. One declared that Randy faked his death and is actually still alive, waiting for his chance to become the next Ghostface. Kennedy shared his enthusiasm for the theory on Twitter, adding in his own input on the storyline. “I believe I know why he did it”, likely implying his anger towards Sidney for never taking him seriously.
Killers might kill again
Scream had two killers running around after Sidney. One with a motive and one without. There’s also a huge fan theory about them being lovers, but that’s a whole other story (listen to the Horror Queers podcast if you’re interested). The original Ghostface killers, the two that started it all, were the horribly demented teenage boys Billy Loomis and Stu Macher, played by Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard.
This is a double cameo that most fans probably want to see. The characters are dead so they can’t come back, but imagine a scene where the two of them are just walking by, rudely commenting on whatever’s happening. While speaking with TooFab, Lillard all but shouted out his excitement for the new film and how thrilled he’d be if they asked him back.
“Yes, yes, I’m available, yes, yes!” he exclaimed.
One of the early ideas for Scream 3 actually featured a story where Stu survived the events of the first film and was the one orchestrating the events in the following sequels. With that in mind, it’s entirely possible to bring Stu back.
One cast member who has yet to publically respond to the Scream 5 news is Skeet Ulrich. Ulrich has had a reoccurring role on the CW series Riverdale since 2017 but was planning on leaving the show before Season 5 began production. However, these plans might have been altered thanks to the interference from COVID-19. Safety precautions caused Riverdale to shut down early and end Season 4 earlier than expected, leaving several storylines up in the air.
Riverdale‘s executive producer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced that because of Season 4’s early ending, Ulrich and his fellow departing co-star Marisol Nichols will be returning in early Season 5 to wrap up their storylines.
Leaving Riverdale gives Ulrich the perfect opening to make an appearance in Scream 5. It does seem like a convenient decision to leave Riverdale around the same time they announce a new Scream but maybe it’s just a coincidence. There was a special screening of Scream about four years ago followed by a Q&A with Ulrich and Lillard, where it felt like no time had passed. It got many fans eager to maybe one day see them share the big screen again.
Scream 5 has no release date yet with no word on when it will start production.