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Kevin Williamson Reveals The Original Plot Of ‘Scream 3’

I know that Scream 3 is sort of a divisive entry in that franchise. A lot of you guys dig the “Scooby gang goes to Hollywood” angle, some not so much. I actually kind of liked the movie when I first saw it in 2000, but now I can’t really get through it. Something about Kevin Smith appearing in this film – and then spoofing the series a year later in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back – links the two films so closely in my mind that remembering either one of them activates the same pain center.

Of course there’s a ton of other stuff wrong with it too. Aside from “he was making a movie called ‘Stab’. He was stabbed.” Incoming screenwriter Ehren Kruger didn’t fully understand the franchise. The screenwriter who did understand the franchise, Kevin Williamson, was too busy to take a pass at a draft. But now, speaking to ET about his upcoming show “The Following”, he’s revealed his original concept for Part 3. One that takes a page from April Fool’s Day.

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Williamson told ET, ““In my original story for Scream 3, the killers were basically a fanclub of Woodsboro kids that had formed because of Stab 1 and Stab 2,” he tells me. “They were all doing the killings and the big surprise of the movie was when Sidney walked into the house after Ghostface had killed everyone … and they all rose up. None of them were actually dead and they’d planned the whole thing.

I kind of like the idea but man those kids are dicks! What a thing to do to someone who has survived 2 real-life bloodbaths already! At least the cast of April Fool’s Day didn’t already have PTSD!

Williamson continues, “The motive was their quest for fame, so I just placed that into one character with ‘Scream 4’. They were trying to top [Sidney’s] Woodsboro story so they could be the legacy of their hometown. All those ideas metamorphosed into The Following.

What do you think guys? Would you have preferred this version or did you dig Scream 3 as it was? Also – remember that if they had gone this route that Scream 4 would have been entirely different. What would THAT movie have looked like?



  • anezka

    With this plot, Scream 3 would certainly be more memorable. I don’t know if I would actually like it and I think it would depend a lot on the way they were going to do it, but it would something everyone would remember, since, at least for me, Scream 3, although enjoyable, has nothing remarkable. While reading this I was trying to remember scenes from the movie and I could not come up with many.

    • Jclown

      I love all the Scream movie and Scream 3 was fine to me and
      i hope they make scream 5.

      • anezka

        I love the franchise too, but considering all of them, I think Scream 3 is the one I can never remember too much from.

  • Jasonicus

    Scream 3 was a piece of shit.

    • Grime

      Scream 2, 3 and 4 were all pieces of shit.

      • Nothing333

        The definition of Faux horror

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I’m pretty sure we can all agree anything would have been better than S3, but I’m just not a big fan of “we weren’t really dead” movies. It’s always a slap in the face to the viewer when it all ends up being a dream, a hallucination, or in this case, a joke.

    • TrixieMalicious

      Yeah, I agree. Usually my response to that is “are you f*cking kidding me?!”

      The one exception I will make is the very first Saw movie, that one was good IMO.

  • Screamz

    Scream 3 sucked bad and Williamson’s original idea doesn’t sound any better. In fact, I’m a little glad that didn’t happen. It’s never a good idea to pull a it-was-all-fake or it-was-all-just-a-dream. If it nothing actually happened then what was the point of sitting through it…?

  • divisionbell

    Both are dreadful

  • georginhs1994

    Scream 3 was better that Scream 2, but still pretty bad…

  • djblack1313

    APRIL FOOL’S DAY (the original, not the crappy “remake”) is an awesome movie but i don’t think i like the sound of this other SCREAM 3 thing. i DO like SCREAM 3 as a comedy. it is indeed a terrible horror movie but yeah, it’s fun as a comedy. i normally love Parker Posey but if they were trying to make a serious horror movie whoever cast her fucked up BIG TIME. she singlehandedly makes the movie a comedy. LOL.

  • djblack1313

    oh, and Williamson’s (i DO like him) THE FOLLOWING was pretty blech….very generic and already been done in countless other movies/shows. BD should do a weekly wrap up (like you do with AMERICAN HORROR STORY).

  • Aaron Emery

    I was young when this first came out and gave it a pass. SCREAM was the first horror film I saw theatrically, I was 8. I still love the first and enjoy the 2nd, but I don’t have much desire to revisit the other two. Williamson’s version sounds just as terrible, in fact it would have been a worse ending than part four. I can’t believe people are still begging for a fifth film, SCREAM was so well regarded because when it came out the horror genre was in a sad state of bad sequels and half-assed efforts.

  • DesignDeath

    The Scream 3 we got was better than this. I also heard Stu was supposed to come back to life in the original draft… seriously though wow.

    “Faux horror” my ass. This series revived the genre you ungrateful, pretentious fucks.
    These movies are greatly received everywhere else except in the comments section of this site and it’s so hilarious yet sad.

    And Scream 3 was better than 80% of slasher films released in the past 20 years.

    • Aaron Emery

      Having different opinions does not make anyone commenting on this site “pretentious”.

    • djblack1313

      DesignDeath, i enjoy SCREAM 3 (thank god they didn’t go with the fake out April Fool’s Day idea) but most people think the 3rd part is terrible. compared to the first 2 it IS the weakest of the bunch. it really is a comedy (i think an unintentional one but i’m not sure).

      • DesignDeath

        No, it wasn’t a comedy since it wasn’t even that funny apart from certain scenes involving Jennifer and one scene with Tyson in particular. The movie obviously has a lot of camp (there’s a difference between camp and comedy) and everyone knows this was done because of the Columbine.

        Granted, Posey’s performance was great and I loved her but she was (intentionally) campy and over-the-top. She wasn’t comedic in the literal sense at all.

        • Aaron Emery

          You’re right, it wasn’t a comedy. It was VERY comical though.

    • Nothing333

      You’re delusional.

    • doomas10

      I love the scream franchise! Sure Scream 3 it was a bit less than S1 and S2 but it had its good moments! Intro scene anyone with Cotton was pretty creepy! I definitely agree that S3 is better than 80% of the slasher flicks out there. Come down from your horses people. Do not turn bloody disgusting comment section in generic internet opinion thread 🙂

    • alyssa.marie

      Scream 3 was the absolute weakest of the franchise because it forgot what these movies were supposed to be about. The whole new back story about Sid’s mom was over-the-top and unnecessary. They forgot to keep it simple! They needed to remember what Randy said in the first movie:

      “There’s always some stupid bullshit reason to kill your girlfriend. That’s the beauty of it all! Simplicity! Besides, if it gets too complicated, you lose your target audience.”

      They definitely lost me in Scream 3.

  • Slasher_Lover23

    I actually like Scream 3. It’s definitely the weakest of the series, but it was a fun horror movie with a neat little twist thrown in about the killer. I can’t say I would have liked Kevin’s original idea. The way he fit it into Scream 4 though was great and was by far my favorite motive of all the Scream killers.

    Abosolutely LOVED Kevin’s new show The Following too.

  • DarrelDreadful

    I am a HUGE fan of the Scream franchise, it will always have a special place in my heart (the first one being one of my favorite films that got me into the whole slasher formula). I know I stand with a very small group of people but I actually dont see Scream 3 as a bad entry. It could have been better yes, but I always enjoyed it and I loved how the story was wrapped up. Its funny because I didnt like the thought of Stu returning and I dont like the thought of how Scream 3 would of been. Fake deaths would have been a bigger cop out than the multiple openings in Scream 4. That would have annoyed the crap out of me personally and I just cant imagine it going that way. But who knows, if it would have actually been made that way maybe it would have translated better on screen. But I’ll just say I liked Scream 3. I loved Scream 4 btw, my ranking would go Scream 1, Scream 4 but Scream 2 right behind it, and then Scream 3.

    • DarrelDreadful

      And I dont know why, and I hope no one jumps on my ass for this, but in all honesty.. every time Kevin makes a comment in regards to the Scream films he just rubs me the wrong way and it causes me to not really care for him that much. Again, Im not sure why and I know without him there would be no Scream, its just… I always get the weird feeling he treats the films as if they were that child he could never really be proud of because he doesn’t get along with the other parent that well, so he just turns his back on it and lets whatever happens to it just happen. Random thought, just saying.

  • JoshM

    Although I did like Scream 3, it was my least favorite of the franchise. I would rank them as: 4, 2, 1, 3. I loved 4 so much; it was so much better than the other three for me. I do think that Kevin Williamson’s idea for 3 was much better than what actually took place in 3, but then we never would’ve had what we had for 4. I did think that 3 was good, and given how much I absolutely loved 4, I think that not getting Kevin Williamson’s idea for 3 was worth it because of how amazing 4 was. I probably sound really stupid because this isn’t written well, but Scream 4 is one of my favorite movies of all time, and if that movie turned out differently than I never would’ve gotten what I enjoyed so much.

  • Primeus

    I actually liked Scream 3 & 4 far more then Scream 2. Scream 2 reminds me a ton of Halloween 2 where it just felt like retread. Like they made the movie solely to capitalize on the success of the first entry.

    I didn’t much like any of the characters in scream 2. There was the great scene of Gal being chased in the sound room studio which was great but other then that the movie was pretty meh…

    Scream 3 while not great had great characters. I also thought Neve Campbells performance was awesome, and that her final meetup with the killer was amazing. I felt she gave a believable performance that she had just had enough.

    Scream 4 is 100% crap BUT I liked it because Kirby ruled. She totally sold that movie, and there were some great lines in it.

    On to the topic. The original idea sounds terribad and I am glad they didn’t go with it.

  • DeadInHell

    It’s no question that Scream 3 is the weakest entry in the franchise, so it’s safe to say that it would have been a lot better if it had been written by Kevin Williamson. And it is interesting to consider what direction the series would have gone in if 3 had followed this plotline, and how that might have changed the content, number, and timing of further sequels.

    A few years ago, I would have gladly entered a time machine on a mission to have Scream 3 written by the one guy who deserved to write it. But then 2011 came along, and I really liked Scream 4. Scream 3 left me feeling as though the series was dead, but the fourth film ended the series (for now?) on a high note and made me really want another sequel. It also made me realize just how lifeless the slasher genre is these days. We get lots of found footage crap like 388 Arletta Avenue, or weak gimmicky trash like ATM. And then there’s all of the the dreadful torture porn that tries to pass itself off as a “serial killer” or “slasher” flick but is really just another imitation of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, wherein some evil people trap and torture a girl after killing her friends. Usually they all carry the same set of groan-inducing plot contrivances, too.

    I much prefer the mystery, atmosphere, genre savvy, clever writing and masterful horror direction of the Scream franchise to the “let’s torture, rape, and kill a family for the lulz” psuedo-snuff film direction that horror has fallen into in this new millennium. I’ve been watching horror movies since I was kid, I’m not made queasy by violence, downbeat endings, or monstrous and unthinkable horrors. I just think that the torture porn genre has incredibly limited potential for storytelling, just as the found footage genre does. I wish there were more horror films being made today based around compelling characters and driving plots, rather than gimmicky setups and the fetishization of torture.

  • ThunderDragoon

    This definitely would’ve been a better movie, that’s for sure. Scream 3 was horrible.

  • ChelseaGoneAwry

    The sad thing is that plot would have been ten times more believable AND enjoyable than the actual plot of Scream 3…

  • Would loved to have seen it. But how does that fit into the rules? What past sin would have been unearthed?

  • Justme28

    Hmmm not sure. I knew his plan was “to go back to Woodsboro” but I didn’t realise it was this. I thought the brother angle was pretty good but just poorly done in S3. Well along with the awful zombie mom and the camp comedy. But maybe just a trilogy would have been better than the awful Scream 3 and the average Scream 4.

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