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Neve Campbell is back as Sidney Prescott in the relaunch of Scream!

I saw this announcement filter through the social stratospheres last night and, honestly? BEST NEWS EVER!

I’m a huge Scream fan, in fact it pretty much changed my entire view of the Horror genre, and industry, back when it was released in 1996. That Wes Craven-directed film is a rightful cult classic and for me, and many others, opened up a whole new possibility of what horror could be, which fitted perfectly into the era as well.

So despite Craven’s sad departure from this life, it’s incredible news that Neve Campbell has finally agreed to return to Woodsboro, because it really wouldn’t be the same without her. In fact, I’d go far enough to say it wouldn’t even be a Scream film and, from what I can tell, it’s some form of relaunch but how? We don’t know yet…

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The franchise, so far, has spawned four films (let’s skip across the third but I loved what the fourth did) and has a huge following across the Globe. What’s particularly exciting about the new venture, is that Campbell returns along with legacy cast members David Arquette and Courteney Cox, who return as Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers. There’s further cast confirmed with Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega onboard the Ghostface Ship. Our returning leader said:

“After spending time speaking with Radio Silence, they have shown such love, respect and admiration for Wes Craven and all that he’s created in the ‘Scream’ franchise. I am beyond excited to step back into the role of Sidney Prescott and return to Woodsboro.”

The Radio Silence team added:

“We’re pinching ourselves! It’s hard to express how much the character Sidney Prescott shaped our love of movies and to have the chance to work with Neve is truly a dream come true. It just wouldn’t be a ‘Scream’ movie without Neve and we’re so excited and honoured to join her in Woodsboro.”

Scream is being directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of the filmmaking group Radio Silence (Ready or Not) from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery, Zodiac) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not, Castle Rock – Which I also love!). Creator Kevin Williamson and the third member of the Radio Silence trio, Chad Villella, are executive producing with Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak serving as producers.

Spyglass and Paramount Pictures will release the film worldwide on January 14, 2022.

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