Roberts, Panettiere part of new ‘Scream’

Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere have joined the cast of Dimension’s reboot of their popular “Scream” horror franchise. Roberts and Panettiere join Rory Culkin as well as original cast members Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox in the film titled “Scream 4.”

According to Variety, original series director Wes Craven will produce and direct. Iya Labunka is producing along with Craven.

Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original “Scream,” wrote the screenplay for “Scream 4.” No plot details have been released. The film will open on April 15, 2011.

The “Scream” films have been one of Dimension’s most profitable franchises. The original “Scream” grossed more than $170 million worldwide in 1996; “Scream 2” also took in more than $170 million in 1997 and “Scream 3” topped $160 million after it was released in 2000.