the details of the big violent scene abandoned because of the Weinsteins

Scream 4 had a denser, more ambitious introduction, according to screenwriter Kevin Williamson, but it didn’t make it.

At a time when the fifth Scream could break US records for its opening, despite fairly mixed reviews (our review on Scream 5), a little flashback of a decade to talk about its predecessor: Scream 4, sometimes appreciated by the fans, sometimes considered as the not very useful relaunch of the saga.

And as with every cleavage Hollywood movie, there’s always a corpse lying around in a closet. Here is the scenario of Williamson, who was stabbed. He had already explained that a huge introductory sequence, putting a very particular versus between the famous Sidney (protagonist since the beginning of the saga, camped by Neve Campbell) and Ghostface, had been deleted, but he returned in more detail on this opening.

Williamson explained at the microphone ofEntertainment Weekly that his early versions of the script had an introductory sequence that upset the codes of the saga. While the opening usually serves to make a nice victim for Ghostface, there was a huge and bloody fifteen minute duel between the two nemesis:

“She [Sidney] was fighting for his life. It was a massive fifteen minute battle, where she kept stabbing the killer, and he punching them back too. It seems to me that she was stabbed five times, and she was crawling on the ground. The surprise, compared to the first three parts of the saga, was that she managed to survive and kill Ghostface. The killer would die.

One night I had this idea. I got up at three in the morning and wanted to develop it, to see where it would take the script. It was a bit of a movie within a movie, because I knew we had to find Sidney with a self-help book, and I didn’t know how we could bring that about. It would keep Stab [la version romancée de Ghostface dans la diégèse du film] alive, because that’s the funniest thing about deconstruction. So I wrote it all down overnight. “

A victim like no other

You might think that a cut of a big streak wouldn’t be surprising (a bit like the battle between Spider-Man and Doc Ock from No Way Home), most Williamson’s implications are pretty huge, if we are to believe his words. Moreover, this statement agrees with an old confession made to Entertainment Weekly, in which it was explained that Scream 4 was originally designed around the original trio of the saga (which includes Sidney).

But Bob Weinstein, brother of the producer infamous for his legal convictions, got his hands dirty, deeming this introduction too heavy for the pace of the film. With director Wes Craven, they not only deleted this sequence, but reworked the entire structure of the film. That’s how it got choked up with teenage characters, who brought a more “teen” energy to the whole footage.

Scream 4 : photo“What do you mean, it’s my blood on the glass?”

Unhappy, but not so surprising, it is not uncommon to see an author be quickly dispossessed of his ideas, in view of the very heavy specifications of a successful franchise. It is all the more damaging for Scream 4 that he had as a very explicit intention to criticize the endless sequels / reboots / remakes, doomed to desecrate their sagas.

Even though Craven and Williamson continued on that line with these teenage characters, it’s a safe bet that the result could have been very different, if they hadn’t had their hands tied by the Weinsteins. But unable to change the past, we can only turn to the fifth Scream, already released in French theaters since January 12, 2022.

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