“I knew from the beginning who the killer was going to be. Whether it was me or somebody else,” Hayden Panettiere teased. Zap2it recently spoke with Panettiere and Emma Roberts, delving straight into the main topic on everyone’s mind – the rewrites on Kevin Williamson’s original script.
“That’s kind of how it always is though,” Roberts said. “Whenever you sign on to things you’re always getting new pages because you know, reading a script is one thing but making it come to life with all these different people that don’t know each other — or some do and some don’t — it’s like you kind of need to do some tweaks to fit everyone’s relationships.” Adding, “It was all pretty normal stuff. It was nothing too crazy at all. My part never changed drastically, just the words.”
When reporters asked Roberts if any of Williamson’s original storylines were scrapped, she stated only the dialogue had been rewritten for her character.
When shooting on the fourth installment began in the summer of 2010, rumors began circulating that cast members were only given the first 75 pages of the script. Both Panettiere and Roberts dispel these rumors:
“I read the whole thing,” Roberts said. “They had me go to Wes Cravens house and read it, which was kind of intimidating, and then I auditioned and I got the part.”
“I was in Germany, they had somebody fly to Germany to watch me read the middle part of the script,” Panettiere said. “So it had no beginning. It had no end. Just the middle part of the script. And that was, of course, subject to change.”
While previous Scream entries saw actors being left in the dark about the ending until the day of shooting, both ladies appeared to know much more than their co-stars. “Everyone said they [knew], but I think they were just saying that,” Roberts recalls. “Because half of them really didn’t.”
“But the ending was definitely kept from us for a little while. They were writing it and rewriting it and playing around with it so we had an idea, a general idea of it but it was subject to change,” Panettiere said.
Anthony Anderson revealed during a press conference on March 23rd that he had just discovered the identity of the killer(s). Scream 4 hits theaters April 15th.