Wes Craven Talks Scream 4 Script Issues and Future Sequels
03.14.11 by Ryan
After a ten year break, Scream 4 will bring the Scream franchise back this April. But will Scream 4 be as satisfying as the first two movies, or be more like the disappointing Scream 3?
While Scream trilogy director Wes Craven is back at the helm, creator and Scream and Scream 2 screenwriter Kevin Williamson was replaced by Scream 3 screenwriter Ehren Kruger last July. At the time, Craven tweeted that he had "not been given control of the script", and in the recent issue of Total Film (via Scream-Trilogy.net), Craven discussed his tweet about the Scream 4 script.
I was just stating the fact. In some ways it’s a Wes Craven film, and in way it’s not entirely, because it’s not a script I have control of. It’s ultimately controlled by what the studio wants in the script. My job is much more bringing whatever experience and expertise and creativity I can.
Look, there was a bumpy period when things shifted over from Kevin to Ehren. I signed up to do a script by Kevin and unfortunately that didn’t go all the way through the shooting. But it certainly is Kevin’s script and concept and ideas and themes.
Williamson had discussed Scream 4 as the start of a new Scream trilogy as early as 2009, and Craven revealed that Williamson had come up with ideas for another two movies.
When I initially met with Kevin, he sketched out what the next two would be, and I found it really fascinating. A lot depends on whether they come up with scripts to flesh out. But certainly, I’m up for it, if the script is there. It’s a fascinating thing to do two trilogies in a career.
Shock Till You Drop reports that Dimension Films is looking for a screenwriter for Scream 5, which, if true, means the studio is looking to create a new trilogy, but it won't likely involve Williamson.
Scream 4 opens in 3D on April 15. Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox Arquette, and David Arquette return for another round of torment by the masked killer called Ghostface, and are joined by franchise newcomers Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Adam Brody, Marley Shelton, Erik Knudsen, Alison Brie, Mary McDonnell, and Anthony Anderson.