In the upcoming Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Documentary, unprecedented light will be shed on the Frankensteinian creation of Scream 3. Director Ryan Turek has used his website Shock Till You Drop as a venue to release a short clip that goes a long way.
Scream 1-3 Editor Patrick Lussier explains “It wasnt so much about multiple endings in Scream 3 as it was multiple beginnings. There were so many variations on the opening sequence.”
Scream 3 Screenwriter and fanboy punching bag Ehren Kruger recalls his own early scenario: “I remember a sequence with an actor ‘Ben Damon’ in a car, where the killer was calling the actor from inside the trunk of the car.”
However Kruger drops a bombshell in recalling Kevin Williamson’s original idea before the development cycle had begun: “There was an early version in Kevin’s original treatment where the opening sequence was Sidney and a friend being attacked at home, and then Sidney ultimately killing the killer – and unmasking the killer – and it’s some fan and this drives her into hiding.”
Turek also posted a new interview with Wes Craven, culled in part from questions recently solicited from our friendly forum members. While Scream 4-centric and informative in its own right, there’s a golden Scream 3 nugget in there:
“Oh, [Scream 3] was a nightmare. Kevin wasn’t available and Ehren, bless his heart, and I and another writer worked on that script all through production. I went back and watched all three films and I had a lot of fun with all of them. That last one was more towards Scooby-Doo and less Scream.”