I'll be honest--when I first heard news that Kevin Williamson wanted Neve Campbell back to reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in Scream 4, my initial reaction was that she'd be back just long enough to die. Horror has a history of bringing back final girls and leading ladies in future installments just so they can kill them off in the first few minutes of the film. It appears as though my fears were unfounded.

Campbell, who initially declined to return, is back onboard and now writer Kevin Williamson is telling IF Magazine just what that means not only to the fourth film, but to the new trilogy as a whole:

"To have [Neve Campbell as] Sydney back – well, I was always holding out hope, because the script is about Sydney, Gale [Courteney Cox] and Dewey [David Arquette]," said Williamson. "The story for Scream Four, Five and Six – the launching pin of that was four, which is those three characters. But I found out originally when [Campbell] declined, I had to reroute it and that put all the onus on Gale and Dewey to carry the whole story, and that was me thinking fast on my toes, but luckily, we got her, I don't have to do that, I can do it exactly the way I wanted and the story's going to be told the way I originally conceived it. I've been contracted to write four and five."

I'm still not sold on Scream 4 being good, but I'm happy that Williamson didn't have to compromise his vision. Williamson, Campbell, Courtney Cox-Arquette, and David Arquette will reunite with director Wes Craven on this fourth entry in the franchise. Scream 4 is slated to hit theaters on April 15th of next year.