The new film will be produced by Project X Entertainment's James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), who is also co-writing the screenplay with Guy Busick (Ready or Not), as well as Paul Neinstein and William Sherak for Spyglass, with original screenwriter Kevin Williamson executive producing with Radio Silence's third member Chad Villella.
The "Friends" star confirmed that she will reprise her role as news reporter Gale Weathers in an Instagram post on Friday. That would be keeping with the current trend in horror cinema, which has seen long-awaited direct sequels in series such as Halloween. Cox took on the role originally in the 1996 original Scream and has appeared in every sequel to date.More news: Jonathan Isaac stood for the anthem over religious beliefs
In a statement, the Radio Silence filmmaking group said, "We can't imagine Scream without the iconic Gale Weathers and are so incredibly thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to work with Courteney".
While screenwriter Kevin Williamson has always been the brains behind this franchise, he's stepping into an executive producer role for this entry while James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery, Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not, Castle Rock) write the screenplay this time. Jamie and Guy's fantastic script does that legacy justice and we're so excited to bring the next chapter of Scream to life.More news: Epstein's ex-girlfriend tries late bid to seal testimony
It's a nice sentiment, but as members of the old cast sign on, it all points to one big missing piece: Neve Campbell as ultimate final girl Sidney Prescott. Besides Cox, David Arquette will also return as Dewey Riley. Get more details about Paramount's relaunch of the horror franchise below. The franchise has gone through a long list of celebrities through the years, and it looks like Scream 5 will be rounding up all our favorites! Keep reading to see who could be joining Arquette when Scream 5 officially begins production.More news: Boston Marathon bombing: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence overturned