Scream 4 was supposed to mark the triumphant return of director Wes Craven and franchise creator and Scream and Scream 2 screenwriter Kevin Williamson, and that was true until last July, when Williamson left the production amidst rumors of script troubles, leaving Scream 3 screenwriter Ehren Kruger to pick up the sequel's rewrites.
At the time of the writer Craven's cryptic response was to announce on Twitter that "I have not been given control of the script." Earlier this month, Craven clarified his tweet, revealing earlier this month that there was a "bumpy period when things shifted over from Kevin to Ehren" and that the script was "ultimately controlled by what the studio wants."
More recently, Scream 4 cast members Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts discussed the script changes, with Roberts revealing that Kruger's changes were "nothing too crazy," and were mostly just dialogue changes.
Nevertheless, talk of the script handover and Williamson's departure from the movie just won't die. In an effort to kill the rumor-mongering, particularly that Williamson left in a huff, Craven again explained what exactly happened to Bloody-Disgusting. MORE >> Posted 04.01.11 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. what was changed? >> Posted 03.25.11 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. craven interested in more Screams >> Posted 03.14.11 by Ryan
Scream 4 is currently shooting in Michigan, where the movie is reportedly experiencing script issues. According to Zap2It, script changes are frustrating the cast, particularly Hayden Panettiere, who is "beyond frustrated with the changes" since her formerly "really sharp" role has been "dumbed down significantly." Lauren Graham, once attached to the movie, left after her role was reduced to almost nothing.
Accusing eyes would normally target Scream co-creator and Scream 4 screenwriter Kevin Williamson, however, the report indicates that Williamson has left the project, and Ehren Kruger, screenwriter for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is currently in charge of the script. Now the frustration makes sense. Cast trouble, script trouble, bloody trouble for Wes Craven? >> Posted 07.03.10 by Ryan
The body count on Scream 4 keeps mounting. Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, and Emma Roberts joined forces with Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox Arquette, and David Arquette in May. But the scream's not done yet...
THR reports that Adam Brody, Marley Shelton (Grindhouse), and Erik Knudsen (the upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) have joined the cast.
Brody will play a CSI-reared cop who has recently graduated from college, while Shelton will replace the departing Lake Bell as a deputy who went to high school with Campbell. Knudsen will play the know-it-all, horror movie geek, providing the same comic relief that Jamie Kennedy offered in the original trilogy. The bodies pile up even as production begins >> Posted 07.01.10 by Ryan
Back in November, Neve Campbell had said she thought he would return, but director Wes Craven finally confirmed via Twitter that he will be back to direct Scream 4.
It's true - @kevwilliamson and I are both back for SCREAM 4
Craven also posted a photo of himself with screenwriter Kevin Williamson holding a Scream poster to further cement the return of the creative team behind the successful Scream franchise. Williamson's involvement was already known, with the writer admitting his influences on the Scream 4 script late last year while he was putting his finishing touches on it. Variety reports that the sequel will start production this spring with a release date of April 15, 2011, which will be more than 11 years since the opening of Scream 3. Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette will all return to their previous Scream roles.
This is turning into a busy time for Craven, whose feature directorial follow-up to 2005's Red Eye, My Soul to Take, will be released later this year on October 29. The movie's synopsis shows that Craven is back in familiar horror territory. Could this be the beginning of yet another Craven-directed horror franchise?
From writer/director Wes Craven comes a thriller that warns us evil is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if you have any chance of beating it, you'll have to fight for your life My Soul to Take (aka 25/8). In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven, or did he survive the night he was left for dead?
My Soul to Take is not the only Craven movie to see theaters this year. A remake of Craven's 1981 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street opens April 30, though Craven is not involved in the project, allowing director Samuel Bayer the opportunity to reboot the franchise. Posted 03.24.10 by Ryan
Kevin Williamson is still finishing his script for Scream 4, but he told The NYPost what influences he is using for the sequel.
I've [included] manga comics, Asian ghost girl movies, there's some PG-13 horror movies in there, vampire movies, M. Night Shyamalan movies and torture porn movies, even though they've come and gone.
Scream 4 will see the return of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette as the trilogy's main survivors. Yet, when asked if Campbell, who was the last to confirm she'd return, will survive yet again through the next trilogy of Scream movies Williamson is planning, he replied, "I can't promise anything."
However, he did say to expect laughs and, more importantly, scares.
You have to be careful because Scary Movie spoofed these films, so one of the things I'm excited about with Scream 4 is that, while we do lampoon and send up the genre, [we] make it incredibly scary. That's first and foremost. Posted 11.12.09 by Ryan
The American Film Market is an annual meeting where the movie industry gathers together to sell or buy distribution rights and gain financing for upcoming projects. ScreenDaily reports that 2009's AFM was a success for independent studios, particularly The Weinstein Company's upcoming project Scream 4. Through the AFM, a teaser poster and synopsis were revealed.
The horror series that reignited the genre and gross[ed] more than $500 million worldwide is back! From Kevin Williamson, creator of the original Scream trilogy, the new film sees the return of cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with a group of new stars, who can all hopefully stay alive long enough to figure out the new rules to this one-of-a-kind horror franchise!
The synopsis agrees with the Scream 4 details Williamson revealed to MTV.
The fourth one is an ensemble. It'll take place right now, 10 yearslater, and it's going to take place in [Sidney Prescott's hometown of] Woodsboro. We'll have our three main characters, and we'll beintroducing several more.
Williamson says he is currently writing the script for 4, while planing a new Scream trilogy that will be well aware of its numeric place in its own franchise.
I guess I'll just have to be very aware of the fact that we're a 4 and that we're beating a dead dog. I'm going to make that very apparent in the dialogue.
Come on! It's the age of the remake! And 3-D and all that [other current horror fads], can you imagine what [Scream's movie-within-a-movie] Stab 10 is like?
Scream 4 currently has no director attached. Posted 11.09.09 by Ryan
In an interview with Marc Malkin of E! Online, David Arquette confirmed that he and his wife Courtney Cox have signed on for a fourth installment of the Scream franchise.
We are going to be doing Scream 4. Kevin Williamson is writing the script at this moment, and hopefully Wes Craven is going to direct ... Kevin has sort of put out the broad strokes, but I don't think I'm at liberty to share any of that.
The franchise began in 1996 with Scream. Neve Campbell starred as Sidney, a suburban teenager hunted by a serial killer who takes cues from horror movies. Arquette played Dewey, a hapless local cop who falls in love with Cox's character, the opportunistic reporter Gale Weathers.
Two sequels followed over the next four years. Craven directed all three installments, while Williamson wrote the scripts for Scream and Scream 2 before deciding not to return for the third movie.
Campbell has decided against playing Sidney a fourth time, but Arquette said he hopes she reconsiders. He also talked about his enthusiasm for the project:
Posted 07.15.09 by reelz
I fell in love with my wife on Scream, so the opportunity to bring [Dewey] back to life and for my wife to play that really bitchy character again, it's just going to be really fun. It's just great.