Interview with David Arquette and Neve Campbell: Scream

Interview with David Arquette and Neve Campbell: Scream

We interview Neve Campbell and David Arquette on returning to the Scream franchise, the possible future of the series and much more.

Disclaimer: This interview contains Scream spoilers

Arriving shortly after the 25th anniversary of the original film, the new Scream is finally in theaters. As a new Ghostface killer threatens Woodsboro, multiple generations of characters come together to face the threat. In keeping with the trend of legacy suites, Scream features several franchise veterans reprising their classic roles. Among those returning faces are David Arquette and Neve Campbell, who have been on the show since the beginning.

Screen Rant spoke with the two actors about their return to the franchise, the future of the Scream series, and much more.

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Screen Rant: I can’t believe this is happening. I’ve been a longtime fan of the franchise and the new Scream falls right around the 25th anniversary and we return to Stu’s. I gotta know, walking into that set, was there a memory that came back from doing the first Scream as soon as you were in Stu’s house again?

Neve Campbell: I just shot that final sequence, which took us about three weeks. Because it was a long and complex and wonderful sequence. Those actors, Matt and Skeet, and everyone involved were so phenomenal that it really took me back to that time in Santa Rosa, California, which was a very, very special time for all of us and obviously meant a lot to our lives . .

There are so many good stories. I always read all the casting stuff because there are so many different and alternate timelines of what Scream almost was. Was there ever a version where you almost played a different character in Scream?

David Arquette: Originally they wanted me to watch some of the other characters in the movie. But I said to Wes, “I really like the role of Dewey. I think I could bring something different to it.” And he said to me, “It’s very interesting.” And then luckily, I got cast and it changed my life.

Is the Billy Loomis story true? They wanted you to watch Billy?

David Arquette: It wasn’t necessarily Billy Loomis. It was just, “Look at all the younger roles,” like one of the kids in high school, and I felt like I was older than them, even though I probably had about the same age.

Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott in Scream 2022

Well, you chose well because Dewey is one of my favorites. And I’m handling the Dewey/Gale split worse than any split that’s ever happened. How did you feel when you found out they weren’t together anymore? Did you dispute that? Did that make sense to you?

David Arquette: There were other elements that I was kind of.. that didn’t sound like Dewey. But I thought it was really interesting that his life didn’t turn out the way he expected, and I think that was an interesting starting point.

We’re somewhere in sequel/reboot territory, all will be revealed. But I’m just curious as a fan, do you feel like there are more stories to tell in Woodsboro? Do you see this as the last time the legacy cast will face Ghostface? or do we not know at this point?


Neve Campbell: It seems there are always more stories to tell in Woodsboro and there is a taste for it. So I think if people like this one I imagine there will be an appetite and of course we would all like to be a part of it.

David Arquette: Ghostface is such an iconic character.

I want to ask because we see Sidney jogging, she’s pushing a stroller. It’s in the trailer. And then we see you wearing a ring. Do you know who Sidney is getting married to?

Neve Campbell: Well, I think I said Mark.

So it’s Kincaid!

Neve Campbell: Yes. Someone just told me yesterday. I didn’t realize that when I said it.

David Arquette: It’s not Mark McGrath?

David Arquette in Scream

I don’t think it’s Mark McGrath.

Neve Campbell: You know what’s funny is I played Patrick [Dempsey]the sister of Grey’s Anatomy!

Oh my God.

Neve Campbell: Yes. It’s a bit strange!

I like this. The fans are happy with it. Thank you very much. Congratulations. It was a dream.

Neve Campbell: Thank you very much!

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