Scream 4 Gains More Cast, But a New Script Creates Problems
Apparently the people of Woodsboro aren't the only victims as Wes Craven begins shooting his slasher film sequel Scream 4. Lauren Graham's departure from the project seems to be only one of many problems that recent re-writes have brought upon the production. Despite the fact that the film gained new talent today in the casting of Alison Brie ("Community") and Mary McDonnell ("Battlestar Galactica"), Zap2It reports that much of the cast isn't pleased with the new direction the most recent draft of the script has taken. The source of the problem seems to be that writer Kevin Williamson has been replaced with Ehren Kruger.
Originally, Williamson was a source of much excitement from franchise fans, especially since the best of the series (the first two films) came from his mind. Meanwhile, Kruger was responsible for the lackluster, shark-jumping sequel Scream 3, not to mention last summer's favorite film to hate Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The news of dissension amongst the cast concerning the script came this morning from Zap2It and then they followed up with word that Williamson is no longer involved with the project at all (really?), and that the proposed sequels to follow Scream 4 (as a trilogy) seem to be up in the air along with his departure.
So what the hell's the problem with the new script? Well, Lauren Graham's departure is due to the re-write which reduced her part from "a fun role" which "had some meaty scenes" down to a role where "she had like four lines." Meanwhile, apparently Hayden Panetierre's character "used to be really sharp" but has been "dumbed down significantly" and the Heroes actress is "beyond frustrated with the changes." One might be thinking why horror master Wes Craven isn't keeping everyone in line, and the director addressed these issues ever so briefly via an update on Twitter stating that "I have not been given control of the script."
Apparently a representative for Dimension Films and Scream 4 said that they'll have corporate bullshit and damage control an official comment as soon as possible, but until then we're left waiting to see if all of this is legit or not. This doesn't sound good at all, but stay tuned for any more updates. Anyone else concerned?