Kevin Williamson & Wes Craven are both returning on the creative end, and Neve Campbell, David Arquette, & Courtney Cox-Arquette will all reprise their roles.
I used to be obsessed with the Scream movies, to the point where I knew the entire first one by heart, and I feel kinda mixed about this. My gut reaction is, "Yes! I love those movies, I can't wait for more!" But upon further thought...
I think the movies declined in quality as they went on. There were some great cast members and cameos in all three, but the scripts got weaker. The series was envisioned as a trilogy, and even though I think the third movie got ridiculous at times, I was actually really pleased with the ending they gave Sidney's character. Where do they go from here? Craven says it's Williamson's strongest script since the first one, so at the risk of buying into the hype machine, I'll go alone for the ride. The prospect of having a group of young new actors as the supporting cast has me imagining all kinds of horrible combinations of Twilight/Disney Channel people.
I think they should pull the Drew Barrymore trick from the original Scream and oust Sidney before the opening credits just to keep everyone on their toes. I'd actually heard that Neve Campbell wasn't originally signed on, so the movie was supposed to revolve around the Arquettes anyway, so maybe I'll be right.
They drove a Toyota Prius up to Neve's driveway filled with pennies to get her into the picture. The second one killed the franchise for me, you don't kill the horror film nerd. It was such a bad mistake they had to create a video tape message in the third one to explain the rules of a trilogy. I can see all three killed with in the first hour to create a new group of Scream survivors. The first one was such a great rift on horror films and had some pretty smart writing. I just hope they go after some teenagers or 20 years old who can act, but it is a horror film maybe I just worry more about the plot if there is one.
The original is very good, though admittedly from a very nostalgic place. If you grew up with a guy (or voluptuous girl) on local TV that introduced bad horror films while wearing a cheap cape and bad make-up, then you would love the old version.