Earlier this month we got our first look at the teaser trailer for Scream 4 -- a film that reunites franchise veterans Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette with the infamous Ghostface.
Not only did that sneak peek suggest that our returning heroes are more than glorified cameos, it also confirmed that the killer is playing by a whole new set of rules.
Shock Till You Drop had the opportunity to chat with Arquette about his role in Terry Gilliam's upcoming short film The Legend of Hallowdega, and managed to sneak in a few questions about Scream 4 as well.
The entire Scream saga is built around surprises and twist endings, so everyone involved is probably legally prohibited from dropping too many details -- but Arquette does tease at the quality of the film and how it compares to past entries:
"It's an exciting movie ... 'Scream 4' I think is going to be the best of the sequels by far. It's got a really amazing beginning, and throughout it it's great and then the ending is pretty cool, too."
The specifics of that opening scene are still unknown, but when Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin signed on to make cameo appearances it seemed like Scream 4 might continue the franchise's tradition of offing well-known celebrities in a pre-credits sequence. I'm personally hoping they're just playing with our expectations and do something completely different instead.
Arquette goes on to explain what's happened to the character of Dwight "Dewey" Riley in the ten years since his last big screen appearance. Unfortunately for him, it sounds like the more things change, the more they stay the same:
"I play Sheriff Riley, not Deputy Dewey anymore, but I still lack the respect from the people that I feel like I deserve, but it's a great way to find comedy through the quirks of a police officer with no real authority. Nobody takes him seriously and things still tend to go very wrong."
Although Arquette seems pleased with the script (which was written by original scribe Kevin Williamson and then rewritten on-set by Scream 3's Ehren Krueger), he admits that the main temptation for making another Scream movie after all these years was the chance to re-team with his co-stars and director Wes Craven:
"I love the character Dewey, I love working with Wes Craven. Being able to work with Courteney again is amazing and Neve. It was pretty much a no-brainer. We've been working on these movies for 16 years, so you go back and we know the DP and the propmaster and the first AD and they're all buddies of ours. We all went through this whole experience together."
Scream 4 adds younger stars like Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Eric Knudsen, Alison Brie, and Adam Brody into the mix and although it's widely assumed that the torch will be passed to these newcomers for further installments, Arquette doesn't rule out the possibility of playing Dewey again:
"It definitely leaves it open ... So I would love to play the character again. I enjoy it, and I hope the people go out and enjoy it. I loved working with Wes and the whole family."
His comment seems to imply that Dewey makes it through the film unscathed, but this could just be a clever bit of misdirection on Arquette's part. Plus, Craven has shot alternate versions of the character's fate in previous films so there's a good chance that even Dewey himself doesn't know whether or not he lives or dies.
You can check out STYD's full interview with Arquette tomorrow and watch The Legend of Hallowdega when it premieres on the film's official site this Saturday.
Scream 4 hits theaters on April 15th, 2011.
Source: Shock Till You Drop.