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'Scream 4' due next year

Film to reunite 'Scream' stars, writer and director

The "Scream" horror film franchise got a shout out from its makers on Tuesday when they unveiled a new, fourth movie in the series that has scared up more than $500 million at global box offices.

Dimension Films said Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and her husband David Arquette will reprise their roles for "Scream 4," which will be written by Kevin Williamson and directed by horror master Wes Craven. The movie is expected to land in theaters on April 15, 2011.

Production will begin this spring, which should come as good news for Dimension's financially-strapped parent Weinstein Co., which scored a hit last year with "Inglourious Basterds," but struggled badly at box offices with the musical "Nine."

The "Scream" movies, which revolve around a young woman named Sidney Prescott (Campbell) who is stalked by a serial killer, were major moneymakers for Dimension in the 1990s, but the last film was released 10 years ago in 2000.

Since then, Campbell's career has seen ups and downs, while Cox Arquette is currently enjoying success in her TV show "Cougar Town." All the characters, who were teenagers or young adults in the first movies, are now a generation older.

In a statement, Craven said that working with the trio of stars "was a blast ten years ago and I'm sure it will be again" but added he "can't wait to find the talent that will bring new blood to the screen, as well."

Details of the "Scream 4" plot with its Ghostface killer are being kept under wraps, but Craven said the script has "the most hair-raising scares" he has seen since the first films.