Kevin Williamson And The Future Of Scream

Leading industry dirt website Deadline Hollywood reports that Kevin Williamson has signed a lucrative 3-year TV deal with Warner Bros TV to continue running his hit The Vampire Diaries as well as develop other projects. So where does this leave Williamson’s participation in Scream 5 & Scream 6?

Considering the popular writer’s “if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all” public separation from Scream 4 when it was revealed in July that he was no longer the sole writer on the project, those future chapters showed the first signs of vapor.

The needs of Vampire Diaries became a root cause for the behind-the-scenes upset: Missed draft deadlines squeezed the task of perfecting the script for production into an impossible window… and an impossible choice.

TV has long wrestled Williamson’s career for attention – Scream 2 was drafted under pressure during the creation of Dawson’s Creek, and then he dropped out of writing Scream 3 for TV’s Wasteland (among other commitments).

In happier times he pitched a new trilogy. He has the ideas. He has the master plan. Plus a contract option to write Scream 5. If Scream 4 is a gigantic hit, the Weinsteins will want to capitalize. What would it take to make things right? Now more than ever, this TV deal solidifies Williamson’s priorities – for the next 3 years, at least. Even if time and dollars could heal all wounds – could he write and develop the next script even if he wanted to?

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  1. Of course he could. He’s under CONTRACT for Scream 5.

  2. He can do both. Lots of TV writers/showrunners do.
    I don’t understand why that rumor of Ehren Kruger keeps popping, when it wasn’t confirmed by anyone of the cast/crew/studio.

  3. He can do both. Lots of TV writers/showrunners do.
    I don’t understand why that rumor of Ehren Kruger keeps popping, when it wasn’t confirmed by anyone of the cast/crew/studio.

  4. I get that he’s working on Vampire Diaries, but why can’t he let Julie Plec take over as head writer and concentrate on Scream 5? I mean, really? Is it worth getting all kerfuffled over everything? You make a commitment to a franchise and its fans and you follow through on that commitment.

  5. way to put it jesse, i agree with that statement 100%. why would he make such a commitment, as to pitch a new trilogy and even be contracted for the 4th, and an option on the 5th if he isnt going to act on his pitch/commitments. The vampire diaries is watched buy around 3 Mill people ok? Scream is watched by i cant even tell you how many people, not that the amount of people watching have anything to do with it, but if it did every one knows the obvious chocie. Please Kev dont be a flake.

  6. But Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven refused to speak of it, and KW took down that he was no longer in production or had ANYTHING to do with Scream 4 in the summer.

  7. KW is notorious for making poor business decisions and getting his priorities all wrong. Wasteland was a bomb, and Scream 3 suffered. No one cares about Dawson’s Creek at all anymore — but Scream has endured. The worst part of all this is that the Vampire Diaries is merely capitalizing (‘piggybacking’ seems more appropriate) off the success of the Twilight series — I mean, clearly, right? it’s a fad. No one will give one iota of attention to this series once it’s canceled; people will just remember how mediocre the Scream franchise became.

  8. wickedscribe: Why won`t you accept my comments in here? :( I know I`m banned from the forums, but in here as well??

  9. I doubt Kevin would. I dont think this guy can multitask.

  10. screw vampire diaries, we want more scream!

  11. We don’t need Kevin Williamson. There are plenty of competent screenwriters who probably enjoyed Scream just as much as all of us and would love to take over and steer it in the right direction. We’re putting too much stock into Kevin Williamson because Scream 2 was a bit iffy and that was the last time he put his stamped on it. Let’s just say his own creation has outgrown him. His decision to sign for a 3 year contract was a financial decision. He’ll be set for the next 3 years without have to worry. I’m glad for him. Let’s bring in someone for Scream 5 to polish up the script. Someone who is more excited about Scream than Kevin Williamson is.

  12. You are absolutely right. Kevin Williamson will always be remembered for Scream and I’ve always questioned his decisions ever since I had a WTF moment when I found out he was writing for Dawson’s Creek. And now, it’s Vampire Diaries which I have zero interest in watching even if I was paid to do so. No amount of money can make up for the suffering.

  13. I followed all the interviews this summer, and the only thing we get was a Wes Twitter saying he can’t control what’s happening behind the scenes (neither confirming nor denying it).I think we will know when another poster is released or when the credits roll.

  14. He needs to learn how to play the game. Hollywood has always been a bitch and he needs to just suck it up and take the punches.

  15. I don’t think the posters or credits will help. If Kruger did do rewrites, he probably won’t be credited. That hack David Goyer did a significant (yet uncredited) rewrite on “Freddy vs. Jason.”

  16. He should focus on “Scream 4.” “The Vampire Diaries” is kind of lame anyway, and it can endure without him for a few episodes, I think. The only reason that show is around is because of the success of “Twilight” anyway. I know, TVD was published nearly a decade before that other book, but the show only came around because of that. Otherwise, it would have become a show a long time ago.

  17. Oops. I just read this after posting basically everything you just said. But, yeah, I agree.

  18. “You wanna’ get ahead in Hollywood, you have to play the game…or go home.”

  19. Despite the fact I’ll probably get attacked for saying so, I am not entirely sure that Kevin has made the wrong choice.

    Don’t get me wrong: I was truly gutted (no pun intended) when Kevin was “out” of Scream 4, but in regards to the comments about TVD being a fad etc. etc. while I do agree that the show probably wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for the Twilight series, look at this from a business perspective:

    As the ET video said, the Scream saga (3 films) has earned about $500million ($507,244,240 according to Wikipedia).

    Currently, the Twilight saga (3 films) has earned about almost $2billion ($1,792,300,241 according to Wikipedia).

    If anything, this decision could be based on financial security. Vampires are a bankable product at the moment.

    In saying this – I really do hope he comes back on board for 5 & 6.

  20. Despite the fact I’ll probably get attacked for saying so, I am not entirely sure that Kevin has made the wrong choice.

    Don’t get me wrong: I was truly gutted (no pun intended) when Kevin was “out” of Scream 4, but in regards to the comments about TVD being a fad etc. etc. while I do agree that the show probably wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for the Twilight series, look at this from a business perspective:

    As the ET video said, the Scream saga (3 films) has earned about $500million ($507,244,240 according to Wikipedia).

    Currently, the Twilight saga (3 films) has earned about almost $2billion ($1,792,300,241 according to Wikipedia).

    If anything, this decision could be based on financial security. Vampires are a bankable product at the moment.

    In saying this – I really do hope he comes back on board for 5 & 6.

  21. Wrong. I think he wanted to end Scream as a trilogy, but the suits wanted it to end a certain way that allowed for a sequel. This time, I think Williamson wanted to end the series (completely) the right way, and the suits again, wanted to make sure he didn’t do something that might have prevented a sequel… In other words, his writing would have been good, but would have created finality. If he really is out, then it means that the story has been sacrificed for money.

  22. ^ Yeah but he pitched the trilogy idea. The suits said it was time for another Scream movie. Kevin went in and pitched THREE. How could he have done anything to prevent a sequel when the deal is for 5 & 6 to go ahead if 4 is successfull?

    Maybe he wanted to kill off Sid but the suits said no.

  23. Kevin Williamson should keep mac keing scream movies and write scream5

  24. he is terrible he killed robbie in scream 4 how could he do that!

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