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Hello again, Sidney!

Variety confirms that 'Scream 4' is definitely more than just a rumor (and wishful thinking for fans) with news that production will commence on the horror sequel this spring and will be released to theaters on April 15, 2011. For those keeping score at home, that's about 11 years and two months after the release of 'Scream 3.'

'Scream 4' will be directed by Wes Craven, with Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox reprising their famous roles as Sidney Prescott, Dwight "Dewey" Riley and Gale Weathers, respectively. Hello again, Sidney!

Variety confirms that 'Scream 4' is definitely more than just a rumor (and wishful thinking for fans) with news that production will commence on the horror sequel this spring and will be released to theaters on April 15, 2011. For those keeping score at home, that's about 11 years and two months after the release of 'Scream 3.'

'Scream 4' will be directed by Wes Craven, with Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox reprising their famous roles as Sidney Prescott, Dwight "Dewey" Riley and Gale Weathers, respectively.

Not surprisingly, the plot is being kept tightly under wraps, though last week David Arquette told PopEater that he believes the pop culture references will come fast and furious in true 'Scream' style.

"I think it's gonna be really interesting," he said. "They'll have a lot of material to draw from with 'Saw' and 'Avatar' and 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Harry Potter' and all these different franchises that have come out since -- they'll be able to have a lot of fun with those pop culture references being fresh and up-to-date."

Meanwhile, in a press release, Craven said, "Working with Courteney, David, and Neve was a blast ten years ago and I'm sure it will be again. Kevin is right on his game with the new script -- the characters and story crackle with energy and originality -- to say nothing of some of the most hair-raising scares I've seen in a script since... well, since the original 'Scream' series. Let me at it."

The original 'Scream' trilogy was a huge success for Dimension Films. 'Scream' grossed more than $170 million worldwide in 1996, 'Scream 2' took in more than $170 million in 1997 and 'Scream 3' topped $160 million in 2000.