Dimension Presents: A Nightmare In Woodsboro

Here’s a troubling development. We’re as shocked as many fans are: Kevin Williamson is is no longer working on Scream 4. In his absence, Ehren Kruger has been brought in.

How did this all happen? First came Zap2It‘s article:

All is not well in Woodsboro. As we previously reported, significant script changes have created some tension on the set of “Scream 4.”

Lauren Graham’s role was so reduced that she dropped out of the project, and now it appears that Hayden Panetierre’s part has changed as well… and who’s at fault may surprise you.

Zap2it has learned that the slasher flick’s script is now in the hands of Ehren Kruger, not the creator of the franchise, Kevin Williamson.

In fact, word is that Williamson’s involvement with the project has come to an end entirely — meaning “Scream 5″ is a no-go at this time.

Kruger’s writing resume includes “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “The Ring,” and more significantly, “Scream 3.” While the first two “Scream” movies, penned by Williamson, were adored by fans and critics alike, “Scream 3″ was… well, not.

Hayden Panettiere’s role, which one source says “used to be really sharp” has now been “dumbed down significantly.” The actress is “beyond frustrated with the changes.” Another source says that Lake Bell, who had to drop out of “Scream 4″ due to scheduling changes, “dodged a bullet.”

To make up for the actors that have dropped out of the production, Alison Brie, Marley Shelton, Erik Knudson, and Adam Brody have all signed on recently.

What gives, Wes Craven? You’re supposed to butcher Ghostface’s victims… not the script.

Then came Shock Till You Drop with an update, as close to an official spin as possible:

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.

But that did not seem to change the bottom line that Ehren has once again replaced Williamson. The original article seemed to lay blame at Wes Craven, so he corrected Zap2It via Twitter:

Thus confirming the script issues. The original article doesn’t make it clear, but the timeline math would mean that they have been shooting from day one from an Ehren Kruger script. This is a lot to process so stay tuned as we see what else we can dig up.

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29 Responses to “ Dimension Presents: A Nightmare In Woodsboro ”

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  1. That’s me out as well then, Ehren Kruger’s work on Scream 3 was abysmal and reduced a once inventive franchise to a string of tired clichés and in-jokes. Dimension really do have their heads up their arses!

  2. *sigh* I am so done with Hollywood. It’s getting worse. How stupid can the Weinsteins be?. Everybody was so excited. What a way to royally screw up what started out so promising. How do these people get in charge when they clearly know nothing?.

  3. They should just make a film about how hard it’s been to get this one made…. Now that’s scary.

  4. aaaaaaand just like that, there goes my excitement.

  5. I’m remaining optimistic. Scream 3 wasn’t HORRIBLE in my opinion, but it deffinatly was not up to the standards of Scream or Scream 2. Hopefully, Craven is able to make a good film based on what he’s got.

  6. Ugh, this story sounds like the plot of some scary movie. Too bad it’s our beloved SCREAM 4…

  7. Well, doing a field job doesn’t mean they’re not using Williamson’s script. It was complete.
    I’ll wait for a Kevin twitter update.

  8. hope they don’t screw this up, been waiting for scream 4 for ages. would suck if ehren took over and 4th installment turned into another scream 3.

  9. Here’s my view on Scream 4, the only reason why they’re doing this unnecessary sequel is because of $$$$$$$, and now all of this problems with the production of the film, I’m really starting to think do we really need this movie to be made. Don’t get me wrong I’m a big fan of the Scream series and Wes Craven, but now with the “supposed” re-writes and all this cast dropping out and now Kevin Williamson, apparently backed out, I’m curious of how all of this will play out in the end. (As much as I love the Scream films and just the thought of having a 4th installment is awesome, this film is UNNECESSARY, I just hope it lives up to the hype.)

  10. That’s not actually a Confirmation that Kevin is OUT.

  11. Kevin is not officialy out but they are doing rewrites, this happens all the time. If they do have to do rewrites I don’t mind Kruger because scream 3 was enjoyable. I still hope that Kevin is still in.

  12. I am surprised at the inflammatory reporting you’re doing and the assumptions you’ve jumped to with this article, wicked-scribe. I like to come here for impartial news about the series with a bit of speculation thrown in. Not the latest pessimistic conclusions to be drawn from unconnected information and bad sources. Having to adjust a script on-set alone is not indicative of \script issues\. Honestly, I expected better from this site. I don’t know why. I just did.

  13. if the cast, wes craven, news sites and the followers of the scream movies are so against ehren becoming the new writer why is he still there??? i thought scream 3 was enjoyable, but was nothing compared to the original two. zap2it needs to be quiet and stop starting shit. where and who are these “sources”??? plus, i think this has sorta spiralled outta control like the ‘jennifer aniston in scream 4′ rumor? ditch ehron, keep kevin, and get back to making the original scream 4 that everyone will love.

  14. I will be so pissed if Kruger replaced williamson.
    he ruined scream 3. HE EFFING ruined scream 3.

    and here we have one shot to make it good again
    and this shit is happening? COME ON?

  15. i hate ehren kruger! scream 3 sucks!!! scream 4 is game over. :(

  16. THAT is the WORST news ever, scream 3 sucked, bye Scream 4!

  17. Don’t kill the messenger. This site only reports the news/rumor, not started it.

    Still not any news from an official source?
    Craven’s tweet is a little ambiguous.

  18. now im sad

  19. look Kevin finished the script.they are working with it.I just think they need a writer on hand.Plus 3 wasn’t that bad.I actually prefer it over 2.I AM STILL EXCITED AS HELL!

  20. I have to agree with Josh, the script is already finished so whatever changes are made by Kruger will probably be minor ones. Scream 3 was good and I also liked it better than Scream 2. I am still pumped for Scream 4 no matter whos writing!

  21. i agree with josh,the chase at the end of scream 3 was way better and longer then scream 2!!i have a funny feeling there deliberately telling a few lies out to us to keep us guessing whats really going on with filming!!!

  22. He’s not Out. The other guy was brought back because the script needs polishing and since Kevin is busy with The Vampire diaries he cane be on set. Kruger got hired because he does have history with the franchise and a writer is need on set to rewrite things that are obviously not working out.


    Why does everyone choose to ignore is source.

  23. Because Zap2it’s source is obviously Kevin Williamson. Williamson knows how to write a filmable script and if Kruger’s contributions were minor they would have immediately said so to stop all this bad press and there would not have been two cast members jumping ship.

  24. People Assume that her source is Kevin. We don’t know what the hell is going on. Yes. they had a lunch date so what that doesn’t mean he told her shit. Those two cast member jumping Ship have confirmed that it was because of schedule conflicts. I doubt that a respectable actress who is replacing Lauren Graham will sign on for four lines obviously things are just being blown out off proportion.

  25. Actually Wes Craven respond to Zapit about he doesn’t have control of the script was about her remark about “What gives, Wes Craven? You’re supposed to butcher Ghostface’s victims… not the script”.

  26. I like the direction the story has taken going back to Woodsboro but really I hope the rewrites are very minor. Ehren Kruger has had his successes but Scream 3 was definitely not one of them. Just the report that Hayden Panettiere’s role has been dumbed down has somewhat dampened my hope for this story to be as good as the first 2 Scream films. Scream and it’s sequel had sharp characters all around and kept the audiences guessing who was the killer. Scream 3 was a comedy with a few killings in between. Nothing serious until the end if you really think about it. I did however like the end. So who knows…we’ll have to find out when this is released next year.

  27. Well I am totally stunned by this development not to mention totally disappointed. I don’t mind rewrites, most movies have them. They are commonplace. The bigger gripe I have is why on earth would they have a terrible writer do the rewrites. In the article it mentions that this writer did Transformers, The Ring and Scream 3. These movies were terrible and the article mentions them as a good thing, I simply can’t believe what I just read. If rewrites are needed, couldn’t the production find someone who’s worth a damn. I don’t get it. Somebody please explain it to me. I sure hope this movie doesn’t get lame, I was getting extremely excited to see this movie. Now I’ll just wait and see if it’s worth seeing in the theaters or on blu-ray. SIGH!!!

  28. I’m really shocked & saddened by this news. I was so excited about Wes & Kevin working on this new trilogy movie series. Not sure if I will be interested now. What a let down.

  29. OMFG a nightmare in woodsboro i made that up i used that for a vid for my own scream trailer music look up on youyube a nightmare in woodsboro look for one mad by me slasherhorrormovies1

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