Exclusive Update: Kruger Returns to Scream Series

Source: Ryan Turek, Managing Editor
July 2, 2010

Update 9:13am Pacific: Okay, here's what a source close to the production called to tell me this morning. Yes, Ehren Kruger has been brought in to do a bit of polishing. But no, Williamson isn't "out" by any means. As you know, he's also working hard on the second season of Vampire Diaries for the CW. While he's away fulfilling his commitments on that show, the production called upon Kruger to assist on the script. Some chatter about Lauren Graham's departure has made it sound like she wasn't thrilled with the sequel, however, it was another case of production scheduling and she's off to work on Parenthood.

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.

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Posted by: ugapuppy on July 2, 2010 at 15:00:04

Well the last thing the studio needs is bad PR for an anticipated film. The studio needs to do some damage control and fast.

Posted by: aaron on July 2, 2010 at 17:27:43

so they're bringing the writer of the poorly received 'scream 3' in to rewrite the script from the beloved series creator? sounds foolproof. it's like bringing in the writer of the much-hated 'batman & robin' to write batman 3 for the Nolans. brilliant. i am no longer looking forward to 'Scream 4.'

Posted by: b78 on July 2, 2010 at 18:36:45

How could something that was going so nicely go so horribly wrong so fast?. The wind has been taken out of a lot of Scream fans' sails.

Posted by: Fusionman on July 2, 2010 at 20:09:58

That just sounds great. Bringing the writer of the pretty bad Scream 3 and the terrible Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. You got to love the studio for things like this.

Posted by: Richard Finlay on July 2, 2010 at 21:41:12

Williamson completed the screenplay. Kruger is merely doing some on-set re-writes, which is quite common.

BUT...why didn't they just make sure that the script didn't need re-writes? Why don't studios learn from their past mistakes?

It sounds like this could turn into another mess of a film. Hope it doesn't. I still have high hopes.

Posted by: Hello on July 3, 2010 at 14:05:11

Kevin Williamson isn't leaving. He's in Atlanta shooting Vampire Diaries. So, they brought in Kruger just to assist if any thing needs to be changed, since he worked on Scream 3. But, Kevin's script is still being used. It's still his story. The actors who dropped out were just because they had other shows to shoot during ther schedules for the movie. So, Scream 5 and 6 will still happen, like they said before! :) Hopefully...

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