Courteney Cox asked the directors not to kill a single character
Scream star Courteney Cox reflects on her request that the filmmakers not kill off a fan-favorite character in the latest slasher episode.
Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Scream (2022).
Courteney Cox begged the directors for 2022 Yell to keep a major character alive in the film. The fifth installment of the hit slasher-comedy series was released earlier this year to critical and box office acclaim, leading to renewed popularity in the Yell franchise and a sixth film to start production this summer. Cox has confirmed that she will return for Cry 6but sadly without a single actor: her longtime co-star and former husband, David Arquette.
Cox and Arquette appeared in all five Yell films since 1996 as Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley, respectively. The franchise, originally helmed by the late Wes Craven, was known for its mix of scares and laughs, satirical takes on horror tropes, and cementing Ghostface as a now-classic movie villain. The fifth film, simply titled Yellalso managed to bring a lot of tears when the filmmakers decided, opposed by Cox, to kill Dewey d’Arquette, a longtime fan favorite and ex-husband of Cox’s Gale.
On the latest episode of the podcast Just for variety (via EO), Cox explained how she felt about the character’s shocking death. While she praised the film’s directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (collectively known as Radio Silence), Cox disagreed with their choice to have Dewey killed by Ghostface. Cox even suggested, on set, that the directors might even shoot an additional scene teasing Dewey’s survival. Cox’s commentary on Dewey’s death can be read below:
It was sad, because Dewey is such a beloved character and he’s so goofy, and I thought he brought such a comedic touch to the whole franchise. I think that was really – that was a negative.
I remember being on the pitch saying, ‘I just thought it was a big mistake not having the option. I understand why you want [to do it] – that makes him really serious. But then wouldn’t it be great if just [in] last three minutes: text from the hospital. I wanted this to happen.
Cox is not alone, as many Yell fans felt that Dewey’s death was either too devastating or even undeserved. Dewey and Gale’s romance, which began in the original 1996 film, was considered the heart of the franchise, and his death made it even more heartbreaking. Although Dewey managed to narrowly avoid death several times in previous films, Radio Silence and writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick felt that 2022 Yell was essential to kill the beloved”inherited trait,as mentioned in the movie, to make the story work. With this new change, it leaves Cry 6 with Cox as the witty Gale Weathers and co-star Neve Campbell as the iconic “last girl” Sidney Prescott returning to a world without their beloved Deputy Dewey, making their legacy trio the end.
With Yell further popularizing the trend of “requels” (sequels that are also mellow remakes) in film, the idea of a much-loved legacy character getting killed was understandably controversial among fans and cast members, but not rare. As established in Cry 3one of the rules was “Anyone, including the main character, can die.” which, even though it was made for what was originally a trilogy, still applies to the future of Yell. Will Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell’s returns for episode six be the last series of their beloved characters? Will Gale Weathers or Sidney Prescott join Dewey Riley as one of the next major deaths? The idea may be too much for diehards to handle Yell fans, but not impossible.
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Source: Just for variety (via EW)
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