Update: Kruger Returns to Scream Script

July 2, 2010


Take all of this as gossip for now, but Zap2It is reporting that there is a new screenwriter tinkering around with Scream 4 - currently shooting in Michigan with Wes Craven at the helm.

According to them, the production has called back Ehren Kruger, the man who penned Scream 3, to work on the script. Furthermore, sources talking to Zap2It says that Hayden Panettiere's role has been "dumbed down significantly" and series creator Kevin Williamson is out of the picture, calling into question the fate of Scream 5.

Here's what I don't buy about this. When I spoke to Craven at the start of the Scream 4 rumors, he was very vocal about what didn't work on Scream 3. And much of that had to do with the script and the indecision and the consistent script tinkering. It didn't sound like a pleasant experience.

I can't see Craven returning to or allowing that experience to happen again. Yes, I've heard rumblings that Williamson's script was handed out to crew members at the last minute - minus the end - and that an air of secrecy has surrounded the whole story...but to revisit the debacle that was Scream 3? I can't see anyone wanting to commit to that again.

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Posted by: Peter on July 3, 2010 at 02:33:50

Craven just twittered: "I have not been given control of the script".

Posted by: J. Warner on July 3, 2010 at 06:46:35

Just why exactly was "Scream 3" such a supposed "debacle?" Granted, it is an overall weaker film versus the first two and focuses more on comedy than on horror/drama to its detriment at times, but I still personally find it to be a very serviceable and towards the end solidly satisfying end to Sidney and Co.'s stories.

The real potential debacle here is if this proposed new second trilogy is really being brought forth for nothing more than easier cash grabs from fans.

Will this be akin to George Lucas' second (or first, technically story-wise) "Star Wars" trilogy? Let's hope not, but I'm not THAT hopeful yet, especially if the plan is to kill or push off our three original main characters for a bunch of new teeny boppers.

Ghostface isn't the star of the series, Sidney is. And without Sid, it is no longer "Scream" in my book.

Posted by: xXThresholdXx on July 3, 2010 at 17:33:26

That totally lowers my expectations for this one... Ehren is bound to totally screw it up. Not trying to rag on the guy, but the overall scrip and dialog in Scream 3 was nowhere as good as the first two imo.

We need Kevin.

Posted by: mike237 on July 3, 2010 at 21:47:11

We need Kevin? Have you seen any of the crap he has written lately?

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