Kevin Williamson Finally Mentions Scream… Sort Of

It’s no secret that Kevin Williamson has declined to publicly acknowledge Scream 4 since the events we shall not speak of went down.

But today the screenwriter/producer posted a picture of some impromptu office wall redecorating and, well what’s that squiggly mask on the bottom left? Yeah.

Good to know Mr. Williamson hasn’t completely wiped his massive contribution toward pop culture out of his consciousness.

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  1. THere are TWO ghostface drawings. Look at the right hand side of the pic, right in the center. That looks like a green ghostface.

  2. THere are TWO ghostface drawings. Look at the right hand side of the pic, right in the center. That looks like a green ghostface.

  3. its still better than nothing lol

  4. its still better than nothing lol

  5. I really dont like his avoidance of the topic, lol. He KNOWS he has fans out there, so come on Kev. Dish the dirt.

  6. I really dont like his avoidance of the topic, lol. He KNOWS he has fans out there, so come on Kev. Dish the dirt.

  7. Slow news day, huh?

  8. Slow news day, huh?

  9. What ‘events we shall not speak of’?
    Did it actually come out what really happened or is it all speculation?

  10. What ‘events we shall not speak of’?
    Did it actually come out what really happened or is it all speculation?

  11. I still dont know what happened… He is supossed to be the writer right¿?

  12. I still dont know what happened… He is supossed to be the writer right¿?

  13. Well, here is a complete outsider’s opinion about what’s up w/ the script. Kevin, Ehren and the production are waiting on the Writer’s Guild to decide who will get the writing credit. The re-writing is probably not as much as we think but it could be enough for Ehren to lobby that he should be given credit on the movie. How stupid would Kevin look if he tweeted for months about the project and then the first poster comes out w/o his name on it as “Written by…”? So, he’s laying low and staying out of it until everything is worked out w/ the Writer’s Guild.

  14. Well, here is a complete outsider’s opinion about what’s up w/ the script. Kevin, Ehren and the production are waiting on the Writer’s Guild to decide who will get the writing credit. The re-writing is probably not as much as we think but it could be enough for Ehren to lobby that he should be given credit on the movie. How stupid would Kevin look if he tweeted for months about the project and then the first poster comes out w/o his name on it as “Written by…”? So, he’s laying low and staying out of it until everything is worked out w/ the Writer’s Guild.

  15. I think i’m missing something, what are these events you guys shall not speak of?

  16. I think i’m missing something, what are these events you guys shall not speak of?

  17. Well, I can’t speak for the webmaster but I would guess that “the events we shall not speak of” are that Ehren Krueger (writer of Scream 3 and a bunch of crappy movies) was brought in to do re-writes when the film began shooting. Despite Dimension Films claim to issue a statement, they never did. So nobody really knows how much of the script is actually by Kevin.

    I guess I spoke of the events, huh?

  18. Well, I can’t speak for the webmaster but I would guess that “the events we shall not speak of” are that Ehren Krueger (writer of Scream 3 and a bunch of crappy movies) was brought in to do re-writes when the film began shooting. Despite Dimension Films claim to issue a statement, they never did. So nobody really knows how much of the script is actually by Kevin.

    I guess I spoke of the events, huh?

  19. I agree with Waiting. I think this is the case, and that Ehren was infact brought in to do some rewrites. Hopefully not too much though, and hopefully not to tame the movie down or dumb it down. I don’t believe that bad publicity is good publicity, and Kevin would have said something by now, and even might have been on set, which he hasn’t. Also, the extended shooting schedule leads me to believe that rewrites were the cause.

  20. I agree with Waiting. I think this is the case, and that Ehren was infact brought in to do some rewrites. Hopefully not too much though, and hopefully not to tame the movie down or dumb it down. I don’t believe that bad publicity is good publicity, and Kevin would have said something by now, and even might have been on set, which he hasn’t. Also, the extended shooting schedule leads me to believe that rewrites were the cause.

  21. Well I smell an ass, and that ass is Ehren. What a dick. This whole thing (the scream franchise) is because of Kevin and if they want some other ‘idiot’ to push his way in and re-write the damn thing, then why did they get Kevin in involved?! Scream 3 SUCKED! And if 4 comes out the same way, we (the true fans) will know who is responsible!

    Kevin, If you ever read this, we love you and we love your screenplays. You are the pinnacle of the 20th century slasher scripts! We know if you wrote it and they use ‘your’ script throughout the film, we will know!
    -Jessi

  22. Well I smell an ass, and that ass is Ehren. What a dick. This whole thing (the scream franchise) is because of Kevin and if they want some other ‘idiot’ to push his way in and re-write the damn thing, then why did they get Kevin in involved?! Scream 3 SUCKED! And if 4 comes out the same way, we (the true fans) will know who is responsible!

    Kevin, If you ever read this, we love you and we love your screenplays. You are the pinnacle of the 20th century slasher scripts! We know if you wrote it and they use ‘your’ script throughout the film, we will know!
    -Jessi

  23. I liked Scream 3. I liked all of them. The first one was the best of course. I like Kevin Williamson. I love his creativity and the way he writes. I don’t know what went down, but I just hope the new Scream trilogies are just as great as the original ones.

  24. I liked Scream 3. I liked all of them. The first one was the best of course. I like Kevin Williamson. I love his creativity and the way he writes. I don’t know what went down, but I just hope the new Scream trilogies are just as great as the original ones.

  25. My thoughts on Scream 3…

    A draft with Ehren’s name on it is out there and it’s just terrible. Instead of Cotton dying at the beginning it was an actor named Ben Damon. Really? That’s corny. The killer(s) is(are) also different. I believe there are 2. I relly think Wes did a lot of un-credited re-writing on Scream 3. For that matter so did the cast, probably. I doubt Cox, Arquette and Posey didn’t ad-lib most of their stuff. I just don’t think Ehren gets the Scream franchise. I think he’s more sitcomy/spoofy about it.

    The highlights of Scream 3, to me, are the soundstage chase sequence and the ending– a long lost child of Maureen’s really did make perfect sense. Also, the showdown with Roman is suspenseful (though, the original ending on the DVD is not) and I really thought Sidney was dead the first time I saw it.

    I hate the Maureen’s ghost elements. Dream sequences? It just didn’t fit with the mold created int he first 2 films. I LOATHE the voice changer that can impersonate anyone. And on the commentary they said there was footage of Ghostface programming the voice changer at a computer– thank god that wasn’t in the movie.

    It’s just a shame all around that Kevin didn’t get to do Scream 3. He had to drop-out because he was overworked on two other Weinstein projects– Teaching Mrs. Tingle and Wasteland. He missed out on writing the climax of his trilogy for a film that was heavily edited by Dimension Films and a television show that was (sorry, Kevin) deservedly cancelled. After all the money he made for Dimension and they couldn’t wait for him. To be fair, Scream 3 didn’t come out for a year and 2 months after it was originally planned to– February 4th, 2000 vs. December 1998.

  26. My thoughts on Scream 3…

    A draft with Ehren’s name on it is out there and it’s just terrible. Instead of Cotton dying at the beginning it was an actor named Ben Damon. Really? That’s corny. The killer(s) is(are) also different. I believe there are 2. I relly think Wes did a lot of un-credited re-writing on Scream 3. For that matter so did the cast, probably. I doubt Cox, Arquette and Posey didn’t ad-lib most of their stuff. I just don’t think Ehren gets the Scream franchise. I think he’s more sitcomy/spoofy about it.

    The highlights of Scream 3, to me, are the soundstage chase sequence and the ending– a long lost child of Maureen’s really did make perfect sense. Also, the showdown with Roman is suspenseful (though, the original ending on the DVD is not) and I really thought Sidney was dead the first time I saw it.

    I hate the Maureen’s ghost elements. Dream sequences? It just didn’t fit with the mold created int he first 2 films. I LOATHE the voice changer that can impersonate anyone. And on the commentary they said there was footage of Ghostface programming the voice changer at a computer– thank god that wasn’t in the movie.

    It’s just a shame all around that Kevin didn’t get to do Scream 3. He had to drop-out because he was overworked on two other Weinstein projects– Teaching Mrs. Tingle and Wasteland. He missed out on writing the climax of his trilogy for a film that was heavily edited by Dimension Films and a television show that was (sorry, Kevin) deservedly cancelled. After all the money he made for Dimension and they couldn’t wait for him. To be fair, Scream 3 didn’t come out for a year and 2 months after it was originally planned to– February 4th, 2000 vs. December 1998.

  27. Hey Boo Boo, me too :D Haters need to back off and go elsewhere.

  28. Hey Boo Boo, me too :D Haters need to back off and go elsewhere.

  29. Lance, not sure if that “hater” comment was directed at me. I was just being honest about what I feel they got right and what they got wrong with Scream 3.

  30. Lance, not sure if that “hater” comment was directed at me. I was just being honest about what I feel they got right and what they got wrong with Scream 3.

  31. ^That alleged “Ben Damon” script was a total fake composed after the movie came out – after the DVD even, with things mentioned by Wes on the commentary. That’s where Ben Damon came from. No one really knows what went down with that script except for what we’ve been told, which seems very true and fitting (that Kevin kept them waiting on a script, never delivered, and then they last minute had to bring in a screenwriter to literally write pages on the spot as they were shooting). The film plays out exactly like someone making most of it up on the spot.

    Also, re: Kevin. I adore “Scream” and “Scream 2″ but honestly, he’s not written any other excellent scripts. He just hasn’t. “Dawson’s Creek” was mostly laughable, “Vampire Diaries” isn’t very good, and his other film projects were pretty lame too. I think the “Scream” universe may be where he truly thrives creatively but, given his failure to actually write the third movie, perhaps it’s a GOOD thing that someone was brought in to do rewrites. After all, it sort of sounds like “Scream 4″ is basically a realization of Kevin’s initial “Halloween: H20″ treatment (which was rejected).

    Time will tell. As long as the movie is awesome, right?

  32. ^That alleged “Ben Damon” script was a total fake composed after the movie came out – after the DVD even, with things mentioned by Wes on the commentary. That’s where Ben Damon came from. No one really knows what went down with that script except for what we’ve been told, which seems very true and fitting (that Kevin kept them waiting on a script, never delivered, and then they last minute had to bring in a screenwriter to literally write pages on the spot as they were shooting). The film plays out exactly like someone making most of it up on the spot.

    Also, re: Kevin. I adore “Scream” and “Scream 2″ but honestly, he’s not written any other excellent scripts. He just hasn’t. “Dawson’s Creek” was mostly laughable, “Vampire Diaries” isn’t very good, and his other film projects were pretty lame too. I think the “Scream” universe may be where he truly thrives creatively but, given his failure to actually write the third movie, perhaps it’s a GOOD thing that someone was brought in to do rewrites. After all, it sort of sounds like “Scream 4″ is basically a realization of Kevin’s initial “Halloween: H20″ treatment (which was rejected).

    Time will tell. As long as the movie is awesome, right?

  33. Jimmy,

    Thanks for the info about the “Ben Damon” script. I never heard it was fake before. Though, even if it’s based on info dropped in the commentary there was a character named Ben Damon which I find sort’ve offensive– as a Scream fan, not as a person. It’s just so goofy. I sort of get why they chose Ehren. He’s known for twists and turns– Arlington Road, Reindeer Games. So, you’ll get what you paid for– a mystery with some twists. However, it doesn’t mean those twists will be satisfying.

    I respect your views of Kevin’s non-Scream projects. My own thoughts:

    I think H20 is the second best film in that series and always liked Williamson’s treatment. The detetive played by Charles S. Dutton (whose character was cut before filming) and the helicopter sequence were parts I always wish had been included.

    I’ll preface my Dawson’s Creek defense with… I was 15 in 1998 and graduated the same spring as the characters. So, for me it was kind of a lightning in a bottle moment that brough 4 great actors to a teenage show that actually respected it’s characters and audience. Was it Buffy or The Breakfast Club? No. But, for a show where (basically) “nothing happens” it managed to be entertaining and build on the charms of it’s actors.

    I’ve always been a fan of The Faculty but it was nothing more than what it was pitched as– The Breakfast Club meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

    I’m sort’ve in the middle of Vampire Diaries right now. It started a little week but found it’s footing fast. The twists and deaths started to come fast and furious. A step-down from Scream? No doubt. Responsible for putting Kevin back on the map? Definitely.

    The less said about Venom the better.

  34. Jimmy,

    Thanks for the info about the “Ben Damon” script. I never heard it was fake before. Though, even if it’s based on info dropped in the commentary there was a character named Ben Damon which I find sort’ve offensive– as a Scream fan, not as a person. It’s just so goofy. I sort of get why they chose Ehren. He’s known for twists and turns– Arlington Road, Reindeer Games. So, you’ll get what you paid for– a mystery with some twists. However, it doesn’t mean those twists will be satisfying.

    I respect your views of Kevin’s non-Scream projects. My own thoughts:

    I think H20 is the second best film in that series and always liked Williamson’s treatment. The detetive played by Charles S. Dutton (whose character was cut before filming) and the helicopter sequence were parts I always wish had been included.

    I’ll preface my Dawson’s Creek defense with… I was 15 in 1998 and graduated the same spring as the characters. So, for me it was kind of a lightning in a bottle moment that brough 4 great actors to a teenage show that actually respected it’s characters and audience. Was it Buffy or The Breakfast Club? No. But, for a show where (basically) “nothing happens” it managed to be entertaining and build on the charms of it’s actors.

    I’ve always been a fan of The Faculty but it was nothing more than what it was pitched as– The Breakfast Club meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

    I’m sort’ve in the middle of Vampire Diaries right now. It started a little week but found it’s footing fast. The twists and deaths started to come fast and furious. A step-down from Scream? No doubt. Responsible for putting Kevin back on the map? Definitely.

    The less said about Venom the better.

  35. To me the ghost was a little over the top but not out of the blue. In part 2 she did she ghost face amongst the cast of her show, when he wasn’t there. The girl is f’d up. This is why I think in 4 she will sacrafice herself. I love Sydney (Neve) but you can see through the trilogy how it really has been hell. Not just someone trying to kill you, but how everyone around you keeps getting killed. Her realization of Derek being innocent and killed, along with the scene where she learns Randy was killed, is heartbreaking in 2. You see how she really cares for these poor people dying. At the end of 3, she thinks it is all over, the main motive of all 4 killing cycles, is revealed. Case closed. I would imagine the killings in 4 would be way too much. Just my thoughts…

  36. To me the ghost was a little over the top but not out of the blue. In part 2 she did she ghost face amongst the cast of her show, when he wasn’t there. The girl is f’d up. This is why I think in 4 she will sacrafice herself. I love Sydney (Neve) but you can see through the trilogy how it really has been hell. Not just someone trying to kill you, but how everyone around you keeps getting killed. Her realization of Derek being innocent and killed, along with the scene where she learns Randy was killed, is heartbreaking in 2. You see how she really cares for these poor people dying. At the end of 3, she thinks it is all over, the main motive of all 4 killing cycles, is revealed. Case closed. I would imagine the killings in 4 would be way too much. Just my thoughts…

  37. I loved Halloween H2O & The Facult also! I also like the Vampire Diaries. Guess I’m not that picky w/my movie & tv show tastes. I love anything that is acted so good you feel you are actually in the movie itself. With the original Scream,I could see myself as one of those students and I felt so bad when Casey & Steve died. Her parents reactions made me tear up. Yes. I admit. I am a wuss for that stuff, but a wuss who loves blood and murder. :-)

    Lance, I’m glad you liked Scream 3 also. I thought it fit in perfectly with the whole Scream 1 & 2 franchise as well. Good acting, scary & funny moments. I also liked that Roman was a long lost brother to Sidney. It made sense.

    On that topic for one second. Does anyone else think Roman was Milton’s son? They looked similar and both were horror directors or is this just my imagination on the topic?

  38. I loved Halloween H2O & The Facult also! I also like the Vampire Diaries. Guess I’m not that picky w/my movie & tv show tastes. I love anything that is acted so good you feel you are actually in the movie itself. With the original Scream,I could see myself as one of those students and I felt so bad when Casey & Steve died. Her parents reactions made me tear up. Yes. I admit. I am a wuss for that stuff, but a wuss who loves blood and murder. :-)

    Lance, I’m glad you liked Scream 3 also. I thought it fit in perfectly with the whole Scream 1 & 2 franchise as well. Good acting, scary & funny moments. I also liked that Roman was a long lost brother to Sidney. It made sense.

    On that topic for one second. Does anyone else think Roman was Milton’s son? They looked similar and both were horror directors or is this just my imagination on the topic?

  39. I love how scream 3 turned out, but indeed the script I read sucked, I wouldn’t really mind if whoever his name is “helps” as long as he doedn’t write the whole thing, all in all I wish kevin would write the whole thing, even though I believe he is and this is just a rumor

  40. I love how scream 3 turned out, but indeed the script I read sucked, I wouldn’t really mind if whoever his name is “helps” as long as he doedn’t write the whole thing, all in all I wish kevin would write the whole thing, even though I believe he is and this is just a rumor

  41. Kenneth, if it were a rumor Kevin would be tweeting about the project as much as he did in the lead up to production. He was doing interviews, posting news, posted a picture of him and Wes with a ghostface costume… He hasn’t done any of that since May or June when the project was shooting. He hasn’t even mentioned the film this entire time. Now, if my theory is correct and he’s simply waiting on the Writer’s Guild decision then we may never find out what happened during these months. I mean, if he’s given the credit then he’ll just pick-up where he left off– talking the movie up, promoting it. But, if Ehren gets the credit then we’ll have a good idea of what went down.

  42. Kenneth, if it were a rumor Kevin would be tweeting about the project as much as he did in the lead up to production. He was doing interviews, posting news, posted a picture of him and Wes with a ghostface costume… He hasn’t done any of that since May or June when the project was shooting. He hasn’t even mentioned the film this entire time. Now, if my theory is correct and he’s simply waiting on the Writer’s Guild decision then we may never find out what happened during these months. I mean, if he’s given the credit then he’ll just pick-up where he left off– talking the movie up, promoting it. But, if Ehren gets the credit then we’ll have a good idea of what went down.

  43. Honestly I just have 2 say we will all be able 2 see what went down When the teaser trailer comes out in November bt jst a note if Ehren Skrews this ^^^ hes gonna have alot of people who hate him becaz real Scream fans have been Praying 4 this 2 happen and it wld sck if he ruined it.

  44. Honestly I just have 2 say we will all be able 2 see what went down When the teaser trailer comes out in November bt jst a note if Ehren Skrews this ^^^ hes gonna have alot of people who hate him becaz real Scream fans have been Praying 4 this 2 happen and it wld sck if he ruined it.

  45. Ehren co-wrote the 2nd transformers movie!!! WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE!!

  46. Ehren co-wrote the 2nd transformers movie!!! WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE!!

  47. It’s too early to judge. As long as the final product comes out awesome, we shouldn’t focus too much on this issue. I mean, before this post, people didn’t have much to complain about. Let’s just give Ehren a little faith for now…

  48. It’s too early to judge. As long as the final product comes out awesome, we shouldn’t focus too much on this issue. I mean, before this post, people didn’t have much to complain about. Let’s just give Ehren a little faith for now…

  49. Matt,

    People have been.. well, you used the word “complaining”.. since around the 4th of July when word about Ehren’s involvement leaked out. I wouldn’t say it’s complaining. I’d say it’s theorizing and hoping that one of the major pieces of good news about this project (i.e. Kevin returning to the franchise) is still true. It looks like Kevin got them all the way to shooting and then Ehren took over.

    Let’s say Kevin wasn’t the one who started all the Scream 4 talk. Let’s say out of the blue Dimension announced they had hired Ehren to write the script and they had Neve, Courtney, David and Wes. Well, that wouldn’t have made me excited. It would have made me worried. Kevin’s involvement gave this movie some credibility. And I don’t think just with fans, either. I believe one of the reasons we got Neve was because Kevin had returned.

    Also, Dimension Films should have followed through with their promise to comment on the rumors. They didn’t.

  50. Matt,

    People have been.. well, you used the word “complaining”.. since around the 4th of July when word about Ehren’s involvement leaked out. I wouldn’t say it’s complaining. I’d say it’s theorizing and hoping that one of the major pieces of good news about this project (i.e. Kevin returning to the franchise) is still true. It looks like Kevin got them all the way to shooting and then Ehren took over.

    Let’s say Kevin wasn’t the one who started all the Scream 4 talk. Let’s say out of the blue Dimension announced they had hired Ehren to write the script and they had Neve, Courtney, David and Wes. Well, that wouldn’t have made me excited. It would have made me worried. Kevin’s involvement gave this movie some credibility. And I don’t think just with fans, either. I believe one of the reasons we got Neve was because Kevin had returned.

    Also, Dimension Films should have followed through with their promise to comment on the rumors. They didn’t.

  51. woah woah what do you mean Charles S. Dutton? He was gonna be in H2O?

  52. woah woah what do you mean Charles S. Dutton? He was gonna be in H2O?

  53. Re: Charles S. Dutton in H20

    He was indeed. He was cast in the role of what essentially became the black detective at the beginning of the movie. The one in the pre-credit sequence. The film was re-written and his character was removed from the film.

  54. Re: Charles S. Dutton in H20

    He was indeed. He was cast in the role of what essentially became the black detective at the beginning of the movie. The one in the pre-credit sequence. The film was re-written and his character was removed from the film.

  55. What if Dimension is just making Kevin lay low until there done shooting? Maybe there just trying to throw us off by thinking Kevin has been replaced by Kruger?

  56. What if Dimension is just making Kevin lay low until there done shooting? Maybe there just trying to throw us off by thinking Kevin has been replaced by Kruger?

  57. Enzo,

    Not saying you’re wrong– because I really don’t know what’s up– but why would they do that? What could be gained? Their fan base was thrown into a mini-panic over the July 4th weekend when the news broke. There were also plenty of stories saying the script was “dumbed down.” Not exactly a positive publicity stunt. Besides, who would want to stop their famous screenwriter (something that doesn’t happen too often) from promoting a project on Twitter for months and months? Again, not saying you’re wrong but what’s to be gained be insinuating there’s drama going on behind the scenes?

  58. Enzo,

    Not saying you’re wrong– because I really don’t know what’s up– but why would they do that? What could be gained? Their fan base was thrown into a mini-panic over the July 4th weekend when the news broke. There were also plenty of stories saying the script was “dumbed down.” Not exactly a positive publicity stunt. Besides, who would want to stop their famous screenwriter (something that doesn’t happen too often) from promoting a project on Twitter for months and months? Again, not saying you’re wrong but what’s to be gained be insinuating there’s drama going on behind the scenes?

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