David Arquette, notable star of the horror franchise Scream, would apparently jump at the opportunity to appear in a potential Scream 5. Wes Craven's Slasher film premiered over twenty years ago, yet its effects still resonate throughout the horror genre; so much, in fact, that another sequel may not be totally out of the question.
The initial Scream – directed by Wes Craven – starred Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Drew Barrymore and Arquette and was released in 1996. It was followed by three sequels that premiered in 1997, 2000 and 2011. The basic framework of a movie in the franchise involves a murderer known as Ghostface terrorizing Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). Not only did the initial film pave the way for an entire franchise, but is often accredited with the revitalization of the slasher genre in the 1990s. Balking at the tired tropes of traditional scary movies, Scream took a much more satirical approach and still managed to leave an indelible mark on the genre.
In an interview with Slasher Radio, Arquette said he would love to get involved were there to be another Scream. Arquette went on further, discussing his love for his cast members and his belief that nostalgia would bring fans back to the theaters for a modern Scream revival – a belief most of the entertainment industry has been banking on these days.
"Yeah, absolutely. I would love to do that. I think [Wes Craven would] still be a part of it in an incredible way. It would be like a tribute almost. Yeah, I think it would be really fun. I love everyone involved in it. Neve [Campbell] is such an anchor, and so incredible as an actress. I think there’s something there.”
Despite Arquette's enthusiasm, fans should not get overly excited. Acclaimed director of the franchise, Craven – who also lays claim to a litany of horror classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Hills Have Eyes – passed away back in 2015. Some of his actors find that Craven's absence from any future sequels presents a non-negotiable; Neve Campbell, for instance, expressed doubt that a sequel would ever happen without their fearless leader. Offering a more positive stance, Arquette mentioned the film could serve as a sort of tribute in honor of the late director.
Back in 1996, when Scream first hit theaters it would've been hard to imagine life three sequels later or that the satirical film would help to redefine the horror genre in the '90s akin to the way predecessor Halloween did in the '70s. It's unsurprising that there's still buzz around potential sequels, yet it's difficult to envision the continuation of the franchise that Craven built without him.
Source: Slasher Radio