Courteney Cox is reportedly set to return to the Scream movie universe.
Cox will reprise her role as reporter Gale Weathers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was last seen in that role in 2011’s Scream 4. This news comes two months after it was announced that David Arquette is set to reprise his role as Sheriff Dewey Riley in the fifth Scream movie. As for what Cox’s involvement in the story will be, not much more is known. Considering that her role throughout the series has been to investigate the murders of Ghostface, it’s easy to imagine that she’ll probably be picking back up on the killer’s trail.
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The news of a fifth Scream movie came earlier this year when it was reported that Spyglass Media Group would produce the film. The movie will be directed by Ready or Not’s Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. As for what to expect, it’s still unclear if this is a soft reboot with a continuation of the previous Scream movies or a hard reboot with no connection to what’s come before.
Betinelli-Olpin, Gillette, and Chad Villela are collectively known as horror film group, Radio Silence. This trio is responsible for last year’s Ready or Not, which saw Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett direct and Villela produce. We gave Ready or Not a 7.6 out of 10 in our review.
Lantern Entertainment acquired the rights to Scream after the company took control of film and TV Scream assets following a Weinstein Co. bankruptcy sale in 2018. Scream 5’s production will shoot in Wilmington, North Carolina and casting is currently underway, according to THR.
The first Scream — directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson — was released in 1996. It starred Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Cox, and Matthew Lillard, among others. The slasher “GhostFace” wore a mask inspired by Edvard Munch painting, The Scream, while preying on Campbell’s character. The film made over $100 million at the domestic box office and spawned a number of sequels as well as an MTV television series.
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Source: IGN.com Scream 5: Courteney Cox Back for Franchise Return