In what one can only hope will be a return to the refreshingly scathing fun of the original, director Wes Craven will begin shooting Scream 4 in the spring, with an anticipated released date of April 15th, 2011.

Variety reports that Dimension Films plans on focusing on the continuation of its “most successful franchises,” and while it’s been ten years since the last installment of Scream, anyone who went to the movies in the ’90s probably remembers the popularity of the original trilogy. Or at least the first two parts of it.

Chronicling the story of a young woman with incredibly bad luck, the Scream movies were a sharp and satirical twist on the slasher flicks of the 80s, taking the genre in a different and self-referential direction. Given the changes in horror over the last ten years, it will be interesting to see whether or not Craven can pull off the same thing again, and whether or not Scream 4 will be in 3D.

A new brood of young actors is reported to be making up the (dead) body of the cast, however, original Scream stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox Arquette and David Arquette are all slated to return.

Amongst fans who are familiar with the franchise’s violent (and practically stand-alone) opening sequences, there’s already speculation on whether or not the returning cast will live past the first ten minutes of the movie.

Bob Weinstein said of the project, “‘Scream’ has been such an integral part of Dimension’s history, and I look forward to continuing the franchise.”

With Kevin Williamson writing the script and the original director and leads signed on, hopefully the new trilogy will retain the spirit of the original while still going to new (and horrifying) places.

As stated, Scream 4 is aiming to hit theaters on April 15th, 2011.

Source: Variety (via Collider)