Wes Craven will begin shooting Scream 4 this spring. Variety reports that they’ve set a release date of April 12, 2011. Fun fact: Scream 3 opened on February 4, 2000. And yet Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox are all set to reprise their roles and join a cast of younger actors. Said Weinstein Company co-chairman Bob Weinstein:
“‘Scream’ has been such an integral part of Dimension’s history, and I look forward to continuing the franchise.”
I look forward to it as well because it’s not like Scream was originally a critique on the slasher genre until it became what it was criticizing. Sadly, nothing will beat the first film since it had Skeet Ulrich stabbing himself.
[Update: You can now read the full press release after the jump.]
DIMENSION FILMS SET TO RELEASE THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE SCREAM SERIES WES CRAVEN TO DIRECT SCREAM 4
New York, NY (March 22, 2010) – 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 4 will be released on April 15, 2011.
“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.”
About The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company (TWC) was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corporation in 1979. TWC is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that was founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, is also included under the TWC banner. During the Weinsteins’ tenure at Miramax Films, the company released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films which received 249 Academy Award® nominations and won 60 Oscars®, and have generated billions of dollars in worldwide box office receipts and billions more in home video sales. In its history, Dimension Films has released some of the most successful franchises including Scream, Spy Kids and Scary Movie.