Reporter Actually Asks Williamson About Scream 4 (Sort Of), Williamson Actually Answers (Sort Of)

After the original Scream which was as perfect an experience that first-time writers rarely get in Hollywood, each sequel has been a progressively larger source of pain for Kevin Williamson to the point that by Scream 4 ‘s filming he no longer publicly admitted the movie exists. Either by agreement or by personal tact, journalists have played along in ignoring the elephant in the room when interviewing him.

Collider‘s Christina Radish recently interviewed Williamson about Vampire Diaries and at the end, slipped a question in about Scream 4. Now, it’s more of an indirect question but you have to hand it to the interviewer for making carefully-worded baby steps.

With Scream 4 coming out on April 15th, what do you think this generation’s relationship to horror movies is?

WILLIAMSON: I don’t know. We haven’t had a lot of straight-ahead slasher flicks in this generation. We’re not really doing the teenager horror film right now, so maybe it’s time. I don’t see a lot of them coming out, and the ones that have come out haven’t been that successful.

Source: Collider

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  1. Well that’s interesting.

  2. You know,this is getting rather lame. Somebody just flat out ask the man what’s the deal with scream 4??? Jeez! KW is acting rather silly about all this. Frankly all this awkatd silence and Beatin around the bush is rather old now.

  3. Is hinting that he thinks Scream 4 will flop? I think this is all his personal opinion to keep quiet about this.

  4. kevin williamson is the biggest jerk…… screw the vampire diaries scream 4 should have been more important to him

  5. I completely agree with JRT, he has been nothing but a whiney little bitch about all this and I have lost all respect for him. So they had to do re-writes and you couldn’t assist them, WTF were they supposed to do? Wait for you to finish with your stupid vampire show cash-in? What a baby!

    Scream is what got this guy where he is and now he just leaves it in the dirt. What a jackass.

  6. At least he answers something, but please just tell us what’s going on instead of being quiet. It’s rather irritating.

  7. Kevin Williamson is such a DRAMA QUEEN! Scream launched his career, and isolating himself from the franchise is basically a spit in the face to all the fans.

  8. Yeah, it’s not painting him in the best light.

    Also, it seems sort of cowardly, like if the consensus critically and commercially is that “Scream 4″ is great, Kevin can take credit for it. And if it’s not well received, then everyone will just assume that he knew it was being changed against his well in some way and that’s why he kept his distance.

    I’m really irritated by him, frankly. I think the movie will be amazing, but seriously, he needs to knock this shit off.

  9. You know, as a fellow writer, I understand how hard it is to not tell anyone about what you have written. And he might just not want people to know about what is in it.

    BUT, he really isn’t admitting it exists for an odd reason, at least not as excited as he was when he was writing it.

    I dont think he meant this will flop, I think he meant that this film will rebirth slasher and horror films, like the first one did.

  10. Take a look below. Maybe you’ll see me yelling at you. That’s a joke, by the way. Just hear me out.

    Thanks.

    “Is hinting that he thinks Scream 4 will flop? I think this is all his personal opinion to keep quiet about this.”

    He didn’t mention Scream 4 at all. He was talking about teenage horror films that have been released in the recent past. And why should he have to keep his opinion quiet? You realize the original Scream was all formed out of HIS opinion of horror at that point in time. So, if he kept his opinion to himself you wouldn’t be here right now expressing your own.

    “kevin williamson is the biggest jerk…… screw the vampire diaries scream 4 should have been more important to him.”

    Kevin Williamson is NOT a jerk. And yes, I do know him. Believe it or not, I don’t care. He’s not a jerk. And you know what? If the Weinstein’s dumped or re-wrote his script then maybe it’s not Scream that should be more important to Kevin. It’s Kevin who should be more important to Scream.

    “he has been nothing but a whiney little bitch about all this and I have lost all respect for him.”

    Please, produce an instance of him whining. I’ll wait.

    “So they had to do re-writes and you couldn’t assist them, WTF were they supposed to do? Wait for you to finish with your stupid vampire show cash-in?”

    Okay. And “WTF” should Kevin do? Smile and let his writing credit and film be taken away? Should he hype something which might not have his name on it? Also, how can you call Vampire Diaries a “cash-in” and still be excited for Scream 4? Welcome to Hollywood. EVERYTHING, whether you want to admit it or not, is a “cash-in.”

    “What a baby. Scream is what got this guy where he is and now he just leaves it in the dirt. What a jackass.”

    Again, it’s Kevin Williamson who got Scream, Dimension Films and Craven where THEY are. Not vice versa.

    “Kevin Williamson is such a DRAMA QUEEN! Scream launched his career, and isolating himself from the franchise is basically a spit in the face to all the fans.”

    Please, provide an example where he’s been a “drama queen” about Scream 4. Please do. Also, you’re right Scream did launch his career. But you know who launched Scream? Kevin Williamson. So, Kevin Williamson launched his OWN career. And you know what else it launched? Dimension Films. So, Dimension Films, the Scream series and Scream fans owe more to Kevin than he owes them.

    Has anyone considered the idea that Kevin doesn’t know if he’s written Scream 4 or not? You do realize there are guilds, unions and rules that dictate who gets credit on a movie, right? Why should Kevin create the false impression that he’s the writer only to have the first complete poster or TV spot released which shows he’s not?

    I hope nobody took any of this personally. And if you did just put yourself in Kevin’s shoes and imagine him reading your comments. Granted, he probably doesn’t give a crap about what you think. But, still… you people are angry and act like you know all. Kevin’s a good guy and can be a great writer. He’s done two significant things for me—one professional and one personal. I can’t let someone like that be bashed for something that nobody knows anything about. He hasn’t been out whining about the project. He hasn’t commented at all for the most part. We don’t even know what happened. We don’t know if re-writes were done and if they were who that re-writer was. There’s speculation but no confirmation. So, just chill out and stop bashing the guy who created a franchise you love.

  11. he’s probably being told not to answer any questions, or the interviewers are being told not to ask anything.

  12. @ lighten up: Kevin is that you?!….lol

  13. I’m know that’s just a joke. But because this is the internet where things go crazy I will assure you I am not Kevin.

    The man writes for a the screen. Not for message boards.

  14. Wow. I have to correct that.
    ————————–
    I know that’s just a joke. But because this is the internet where things go crazy I will assure you I am not Kevin.

    The man writes for the screen. Not for message boards.
    ————————–

    Sorry. Those typos were bothering me.

  15. While I’m correcting things, I really should correct something I said which isn’t true.

    “We don’t know if re-writes were done and if they were who that re-writer was.”

    There were re-writes done and that’s been well documented. I don’t believe it’s ever been officially confirmed who did them, though.. Did Dimension Films ever follow up on their promise of a comment after the hectic Fourth of July weekend? I never saw word of it.

  16. I think Kevin was talking about horror in general,and wasn’t imply Scream 4 would suck.According to the test screening of Scream 4,it did very well so I have high hopes about the film. I have to agree with Kevin on this from 2000 to 2010. The only thing in the genre that’s stood out was Final Destination.Saw was some what original until it turned to crap very quickly. Other than than it’s just been constant remakes and 3D. So the 2000s was largely frowned upon when it comes to horror.

    I look to the 70’s and 80’s these days for scary movies.Horror has strayed from what made it great: suspense. People in Hollywood are nothing but pussies,who take us for granted. Making either remakes or films in 3D, not having the balls to think up original ideas.

    That’s why I have high hopes for Scream 4, it’s continuing from the original franchise.It’s a sequel to a possible new trilogy so it’s not a remake,and it’s not in 3D.Finally a film that can make me think and guess who the killer or killers are in this new film.

  17. I do like THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, but I don’t understand all the drama with SCREAM 4 and Kevin. I get that he has a busy career, but why can’t it be worked out so that he actually does the fans a solid and sticks with a SCREAM project from beginning to end? SCREAM 3 suffered from his lack of participation (producing WASTELAND, which we all see how that ended up), and now SCREAM 4 might too. I’m so bummed by all this.

  18. I think personally everyone should just lighten a lil bit on Kevin Williamson. The man is very busy I mean being an executive producer on a television show along with helping with the writing material takes a lot of time and effort from anyone else pursuing other things. From my understanding this is what happened with Scream 3, Williamson was so busy with Dawson’s Creek and I believe with helming Teaching Mrs. Tingle that he didnt have the time to write the screenplay for Part 3. Not to mention I believe he is working on another project. But the only thing I am confused about with Williamson is around the first season of TVD and after they wrapped filming on it last year he constantly could not stop talking about Scream 4 on his twitter account, where he was with the script, hinting about this and that and then finally the big news that the film got greenlighted and even when Scream 4 was casting the roles he tweeted saying he is beginning drafting on Scream 5 and then all of a sudden he just stop talking about it around the time they started filming and the only thing he tweeted or talked about from that point on was TVD and nothing else. And then there was that big “rumor” that was started by Zap2it about Ehren Kruger coming in to polish the script and how Kevin was upset about some stuff that is being handled with his script. And I personally cannot blame him one bit if many rewrites were done on his script by Kruger nonetheless. But I am quite sure TVD wraps production on this season sometime early next month if they havent done that already and from next month on until April and Kevin does not talk about Scream 4 what-so-ever, hell and doesnt even attend the premiere then you know obviously something is wrong and the Weinstein Stooges screwed him over again, ala Cursed.

  19. If it wasn’t for Kevin we wouldn’t have had the Scream (Scary Movie screenplay). He has contributed so much to the horror genre. We should be glad that we have that. We are all still gonna see Scream 4, and chances are it will at least be entertaining. I think we should be glad there’s a Scream 4 in the first place. One thing I do agree with is that if Kevin is involved, it’s usually a good thing and I hope he is fairly involved.

  20. the man should be happy for scream 4 SCREAM WAS A GREAT movie but hey who knows Scream 4 might be as good too

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