Over the course of the past few months we’ve watched as Scream IV progressed behind-the-scenes. We broke the news on the film happening, with little shreds of info leaking out that ranged from Wes Craven NOT being involved to Neve Campbell refusing to return as Sydney. Writer Kevin Williamson later commented on the latter explaining that her refusal to partake in the new trilogy would cause major rewrites in the script. In short, it wouldn’t be his original vision. A new interview with Williamson was posted today where he goes on record about what was going through his head.
“To have [Neve Campbell as] Sydney back – well, I was always holding out hope, because the script is about Sydney, Gale [Courteney Cox] and Dewey [David Arquette],” Williamson tells iF Magazine. “The story for [SCREAM] Four, Five and Six – the launching pin of that was four, which is those three characters. But I found out originally when [Campbell] declined, I had to reroute it and that put all the onus on Gale and Dewey to carry the whole story, and that was me thinking fast on my toes, but luckily, we got her, I don’t have to do that, I can do it exactly the way I wanted and the story’s going to be told the way I originally conceived it. I’ve been contracted to write four and five.”
Ready for shoot this May, 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 hopefully stay alive long enough to figure out the new rules to this one-of-a-kind horror franchise. Wes Craven is locked to direct.
Scream IV hits theaters April 15.