David Arquette says Wes Craven was “a tremendous mentor” and “father figure” to him.
The ‘Scream’ actor has opened up on returning to the franchise for a fifth instalment alongside Neve Campbell and ex-wife Courteney Cox, but he admitted it will be ‘bittersweet” without the late filmmaker, who created sadly passed away in 2015.
He told Metro.co.uk: “It’s going to be bittersweet without Wes Craven there. I feel really excited to carry on his legacy.
“I know he’ll be there in spirit. I get very emotional whenever I talk about Wes because it was a shock to lose him so early.
“He was a tremendous mentor to me, and a father figure. He gave me some really incredible advice. He was just a genuinely incredible human being.”
Although Arquette – who played officer Dewey Riley in the first four films in the franchise – will miss Craven, he’s looking forward to being back on set with Campbell and Cox, as well as a crew who were inspired by the horror icon’s work.
He added: “It’ll be hard that way, but it’ll be great to work with Courteney and Nev again… It’s really cool to have people [working on set] who he inspired involved too.”
Meanwhile, the 49-year-old star – who has teenage daughter Coco with his ex Cox – is looking forward to spending time “as a family”.
Arquette – who has two sons with his wife Christina McLarty – added: “I love playing the character. He’s really transformed my life!
“Not a lot of films finish and you have a child to show for it!
“My daughter’s gonna go with Courteney, so we’ll all be able to hang out as a family – so that’s sweet.”