At one point in the rousing new documentary, You Cannot Kill David Arquette, Courteney Cox succinctly sums up the trajectory of her relationship with the film’s subject and her ex-husband by characterizing each phase as it related to their Scream movies.
“We met on Scream 1, hated each other on Scream 2, got married on Scream 3 and divorced on Scream 4,” Cox says of their widely publicized romance and subsequent split on the popular horror series, which initially ran from 1996-2011.
With David Arquette and Cox now set to reunite on Scream 5, it’s only natural to wonder what phase the pair are in now.
“We’re co-parents to our daughter who’s 16 so we have a really great relationship,” Arquette told Yahoo Entertainment during a recent interview promoting his new doc, which traces his return nearly 20 years after a much-maligned publicity stunt crowned him WCW world heavyweight champion (watch above). “We’re friends, and we’ve communicated a lot because of Coco.”
Actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette arrive at the world premiere of The Weinstein Company’s “Scream 4” presented by AXE Shower at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Indeed, Arquette and Cox have been something of public ambassadors of co-parenting, their relationship a model for divorced couples seeking more balanced and more cordial arrangements than traditional child custody.
“Our daughter’s really great,” Arquette says when asked about the challenges of co-parenting. “There’s difficult parts, especially through the teenage years. There’s a lot of emotions and feelings. We’ve just had – not an easy time with it, we’ve just been really open and supportive of each other. We never went head-to-head, (or) battled each other, through the process of divorce and through the process of raising our kid. So it’s made for a friendship and relationship that is out of respect.”
As for Scream 5, which Arquette joined in May and Cox in July – their characters Dewey Cox and Gale Weathers married in Scream 4, remember – the actor says the Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett-directed sequel will be a tribute to Wes Craven, the late horror mastermind who helmed the first four installments. Though there’s still one vital piece of the puzzle that’s still TBD.
“It’ll be fun, it’ll be great to continue Wes’s legacy,” he says. “These filmmakers who are doing it are super-talented and were inspired by Wes. I think it’s gonna be great. We’re just sort of waiting to see if Neve Campbell joins. Because she is the heart and soul of the franchise, so it’s important for her to be a part of it.”
Scream 5 is scheduled for release in 2021. You Cannot Kill David Arquette is now in drive-in theaters and opens on video-on-demand Aug. 28.
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