Los Angeles: Actor Neve Campbell says she had apprehensions about reprising her fan-favourite character of Sidney Prescott in upcoming “Scream 5” without filmmaker Wes Craven at the helm. Hailed as the “Master of Horror”, Craven had started the franchise with 1996 slasher “Scream”, featuring Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette in the lead.

The film, which turned out to be a huge blockbuster, spawned three sequels over the years — “Scream 2” (1997), “Scream 3” (2000) and “Scream 4” (2011) — which were all helmed by Craven. He died of a brain tumour in 2015 at the age of 75. “Scream 5” will be the first film in the franchise to not have Craven behind the camera. It will be directed by Matt Bettinelli-OlpinandTyler Gillettof “Ready or Not” fame. In an interview with The Talk, Campbell said she is excited to return to the franchise and reunite with Cox and Arquette.

“I’m excited to see this young new cast. I’m excited to work with these new directors. I had been apprehensive because, you know, our director, our incredible director Wes Craven passed away, and I wasn’t sure about doing a film without him,” the 47-year-old actor said. “But the new directors came to me with this beautiful letter saying that they’ve become directors and love film because of these films, and because of Wes, and they really want to be true to his story and his journey with these films, so I was really happy to hear that,” she added.

“Scream 5” has a script from James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. The film’s ensemble cast also include Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Dylan Minnette, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mikey Madison and Sonia Ben Ammar.

The Paramount Pictures project is scheduled to be released on January 14, 2022.

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