Minor Scream 4 Updates from Williamson, Cox, and Arquette
by Alex Billington
August 11, 2009
A handful of small updates on Scream 4 have been trickling out over the last few weeks. They individually weren't worth writing about, but together, they make for a great Scream 4 update. First off, screenwriter and franchise co-creator Kevin Williamson talked with iFMagazine on the TCA press tour and divulged more story details. Williamson not only confirmed that it was a trilogy (which was reported previously), but spoke a bit more about the sequel. “It's a new trilogy. It's ten years later. Gale Weathers, ten years later." And don't forget, it was already confirmed that Courteney Cox and David Arquette will both be back.
Williamson adds: "Bob Weinstein has been bugging me… Then finally I was taking some time off, sitting around thinking 'what if I had to do Scream 4?' I wasn't interested, [but then I thought] 'a trilogy – now I'd be interested! Could we do that and develop a trilogy?' and then I started thinking about the story. I created three different chapters, broke it up and I got really excited." In a separate update on SciFi Wire, Courteney Cox revealed that her character Gale Weathers "has a kid now" and "she's married to Dewey." Which makes that both a fictional and real-life relationship, as Cox and Arquette are married in real life.
Speaking of David Arquette, PopWrap caught up with the actor a few weeks ago. While he doesn't reveal anything about his character, he does talk about how excited he is to return. "I love the Scream franchise, I'm just honestly excited to be making another one." And why did he want to return? "I figured it would be a blast to bring these characters back to life and see how they've grown since Scream 3," he said. "Working with Wes has been amazing and Kevin is an incredible artist. My wife and I really wanted to do this." I'm sure money has something to do with it, too, but we'll just try and stick with the story details for now.
Lastly, we have an update on Wes Craven, and whether he may return to direct (or not). "I'm going to finish the script in the next couple of months and then we'll start the project," Williamson told iFMagazine. "It depends on the hiatus schedule and then we'll get in serious talks with [original trilogy director] Wes [Craven] and what his schedule is like." For almost everyone involved, having Craven back is a necessity for the sequel. "Wes wants to read the script before we sign on, which makes sense. We've sort of chatted about it. We're a Scream family, so not having dad sitting at the head of the table, wouldn't make sense."