Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere Discuss Scream 4 Rewrites, Plus New TV Trailer
03.25.11 by Ryan
Scream fans were thrilled to learn that director Wes Craven and franchise creator and Scream and Scream 2 screenwriter Kevin Williamson were coming back to direct and pen the fourth installment, Scream 4. Imagine the disappointment when, last July, amidst the sequel's production in Michigan, rumors of script troubles surfaced, claiming that Williamson had left and Scream 3 screenwriter Ehren Kruger had taken over rewriting the script.
Craven's response at the time was to tweet that he had "not been given control of the script," a message he recently reiterated, claiming that the script was "ultimately controlled by what the studio wants" and admitted there was a "bumpy period when things shifted over from Kevin to Ehren."
Speaking with Zap2It, Scream 4 newcomers Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts spoke about the script changes, which seemingly caused little friction.
Panettiere first slipped about the rewrites while talking about the movie's secret ending, which she said was "was definitely kept from us for a little while."
They were writing it and rewriting it and playing around with it so we had an idea, a general idea of it but it was subject to change.
Roberts stepped in to quickly diffuse any question about the rewrites claiming that "that's kind of how it always is though."
Whenever you sign on to things you're always getting new pages because you know, reading a script is one thing but making it come to life with all these different people that don't know each other — or some do and some don't — it's like you kind of need to do some tweaks to fit everyone's relationships. It was all pretty normal stuff. It was nothing too crazy at all. My part never changed drastically, just the words.
Roberts again pointed out that it was only dialogue that changed once Kruger took over scripting duties.
Scream 4 sees Neve Campbell, Courteny Cox and David Arquette return as Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey, respectively, gathering again in Woodsboro, where Ghostface has resurfaced amongst a cast of newcomers that includes Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marley Shelton, Erik Knudsen, Alison Brie, Mary McDonnell, and Anthony Anderson. Check out the latest TV spot for the sequel below and then watch three recently released clips which shows the older cast mixing with the newcomers.