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Problems on the set of Scream 4?

07.02.2010

When one actor leaves production of a movie right before it's ready to begin filming, it's strange but it's happened before so you don't think too much of it. When two actors separately leave production of a movie right before it's ready to begin filming, my Spidey sense immediately begins tingling. And that's exactly what happened with SCREAM 4.

First it was Lake Bell who had one of the leading roles in the film but dropped out last week due to "scheduling conflicts." Then it was Lauren Graham who left the film just days later. I was immediately suspicious that something was going on and sure enough if seems like those suspicions may be correct.

Zap2It is reporting that The Weinstein Co. has brought in Ehren Kruger to rewrite the script as they're filming and that original writer and producer Kevin Williamson (creator of the SCREAM franchise) has left the project entirely. It's those changes to the script that led to the departures of Bell and Graham and now it seems like Hayden Panetierre might have one foot out the door as well.

Paneitierre signed on to the film based on the strength of her character but now she reportedly feels like the film has been dumbed down. While the "Heroes" actress isn't leaving yet, she's allegedly "beyond frustrated" with the film. Whatever the case it, once again, sounds like trouble on the set of a Wes Crazen/Weinstein movie...

Extra Tidbit: Alison Brie signed on to star which can't be a bad thing...
Source: Zap2It

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2:48AM on 07/06/2010
REALLY hope this movie doesn't suck. I would LOVE for it to live up to the original. I guess we'll see.
REALLY hope this movie doesn't suck. I would LOVE for it to live up to the original. I guess we'll see.
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10:40AM on 07/03/2010
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10:37AM on 07/03/2010
Yes Arlington Road and The Ring were the shit, but he had more control over those scripts. This is a whore of a script...just think Scream 3. They have him change the characters into Jenny McCarthy. Come on! Don't tell me not to be concerned.
Yes Arlington Road and The Ring were the shit, but he had more control over those scripts. This is a whore of a script...just think Scream 3. They have him change the characters into Jenny McCarthy. Come on! Don't tell me not to be concerned.
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11:05AM on 07/03/2010
Scream 3 was rushed into prduction and the script was barely even finished, as Wes was working mostly on the film's outline writen by Kevin. Ehren Kruger came on board to tweak and finish up the script based on that outline. In the case of Scream 4, the script has been FINISHED. All 5941 drafts that Kevin wrote. So I expect the changes to be minimal and not major. They are working off of Kevin's script and any problems that are occuring to film, Ehren is fixing. I highly doubt they're changing
Scream 3 was rushed into prduction and the script was barely even finished, as Wes was working mostly on the film's outline writen by Kevin. Ehren Kruger came on board to tweak and finish up the script based on that outline. In the case of Scream 4, the script has been FINISHED. All 5941 drafts that Kevin wrote. So I expect the changes to be minimal and not major. They are working off of Kevin's script and any problems that are occuring to film, Ehren is fixing. I highly doubt they're changing the whole thing because that takes too much time and production would have shut down since they've already begun filming and locked down all the shooting dates and locations. If it was this bad, our original 3 actors - especially Neve Campbell - would have walked.
10:34AM on 07/03/2010
Worst news of the year. Absolutely abominable. If Wes Craven doesn't bail RIGHT NOW and refuse to make any more Scream films, I WILL NOT BE SEEING THIS...there's no way. Please say this isn't true. What happened to the new trilogy? This is a perfect example of those dumbass Weinsteins. [link]!!!!!!!!!!!!
Worst news of the year. Absolutely abominable. If Wes Craven doesn't bail RIGHT NOW and refuse to make any more Scream films, I WILL NOT BE SEEING THIS...there's no way. Please say this isn't true. What happened to the new trilogy? This is a perfect example of those dumbass Weinsteins. [link]!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1:31AM on 07/03/2010

Calm down, haters.

The 2 actresses that left did so BEFORE the official table-read last week. So it has NOTHING to do with the script. 2nd of all, all the actors just named were already cast weeks ago and are NOW being publically revealed. 3rd of all, Kevin Williamson is in Atlanta writing Vampire Diaries. Yes, the dude who wrote Scream 3 is rewriting and tweaking some scenes, but you guys forget he also wrote Arlington Road and The Ring remake - both very good films. The script is still Kevin`s and changes won`t
The 2 actresses that left did so BEFORE the official table-read last week. So it has NOTHING to do with the script. 2nd of all, all the actors just named were already cast weeks ago and are NOW being publically revealed. 3rd of all, Kevin Williamson is in Atlanta writing Vampire Diaries. Yes, the dude who wrote Scream 3 is rewriting and tweaking some scenes, but you guys forget he also wrote Arlington Road and The Ring remake - both very good films. The script is still Kevin`s and changes won`t be drastic, otherwise they wouldn`t be able to contunie filming daily - which is what they`ve been doing for 6 days now. I`ts still very much wait and see, but hasn`t it been like that from the beginning?
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10:05AM on 07/03/2010
what you are saying does sound more realistic and it could very well be true that everyone is overreacting but on the other hand it is fishy when 2 actresses suddenly leave so close to production AND its not impossible to believe that ehren kreuger is writing considering they did that with the 3rd installment. But im hoping what you are saying is correct.
what you are saying does sound more realistic and it could very well be true that everyone is overreacting but on the other hand it is fishy when 2 actresses suddenly leave so close to production AND its not impossible to believe that ehren kreuger is writing considering they did that with the 3rd installment. But im hoping what you are saying is correct.
10:40AM on 07/03/2010
i'll calm down when they announce that, no, ehren krueger will not be coming in to bastardize kevin williamson's script, and yes everything is going smashingly on set. f**k off!
i'll calm down when they announce that, no, ehren krueger will not be coming in to bastardize kevin williamson's script, and yes everything is going smashingly on set. f**k off!
9:56PM on 07/02/2010
lol what a bunch of gullible idiots on here,, how 2 create a tabloid story, note dat 2 actors leave a project, add another familiar 2 da mix, (hayden), find out another connection 2 movie series (part 3 writer kruger), mention current writer & studio heads & there you have it folks a tabloid story
lol what a bunch of gullible idiots on here,, how 2 create a tabloid story, note dat 2 actors leave a project, add another familiar 2 da mix, (hayden), find out another connection 2 movie series (part 3 writer kruger), mention current writer & studio heads & there you have it folks a tabloid story
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8:15PM on 07/02/2010
I'm praying this isnt true...the source that broke this news was a tabloid so hopefully this is just a bad rumor. Kevin Williamson was the main reason i was excited for this installment. Even more excited than the returning cast or director. Hes the soul behind these films, that was proved when everyone but him returned to the 3rd installment and that one was by far the worst.
I'm praying this isnt true...the source that broke this news was a tabloid so hopefully this is just a bad rumor. Kevin Williamson was the main reason i was excited for this installment. Even more excited than the returning cast or director. Hes the soul behind these films, that was proved when everyone but him returned to the 3rd installment and that one was by far the worst.
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5:48PM on 07/02/2010
The main reason "Scream 3" was a cinematic abortion was because A.) they didn't follow Williamson's original treatment (he was busy with a failed TV project and couldn't write it himself anyway) and B.) They hired uber-hack Ehren Kruger who somehow took a franchise that poked fun of cliches in horror movies and made the final installment a cliche-ridden piece of dreck that was worse than many of the fake screenplays online at that time.

Apparently, after nearly a decade of hindsight, the
The main reason "Scream 3" was a cinematic abortion was because A.) they didn't follow Williamson's original treatment (he was busy with a failed TV project and couldn't write it himself anyway) and B.) They hired uber-hack Ehren Kruger who somehow took a franchise that poked fun of cliches in horror movies and made the final installment a cliche-ridden piece of dreck that was worse than many of the fake screenplays online at that time.

Apparently, after nearly a decade of hindsight, the studio (probably Harvey Weinstein, killer of good horror) has not learned its lesson. Dimension/The Weinstein Company deserves all of the financial hell that has been brought upon them. Maybe a few more decisions like this will make TWC more toxic than MGM is right now.

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4:18PM on 07/02/2010

Dumbed Down?

If Miss "Bring It On THREE" is saying this, you know it's bad!
If Miss "Bring It On THREE" is saying this, you know it's bad!
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3:46PM on 07/02/2010
It's just a rumor, people. Here's the update: [link]
It's just a rumor, people. Here's the update: [link]
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1:44PM on 07/02/2010
Ehren Kruger? Haha, this film is screwed.
Ehren Kruger? Haha, this film is screwed.
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1:11PM on 07/02/2010

The BIGGEST problem on set...

...is that they're filming Scream 4.
...is that they're filming Scream 4.
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12:41PM on 07/02/2010

Allison and Hayden

I'd like to see them get it on
I'd like to see them get it on
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12:34PM on 07/02/2010

I knew it

This sequel is gonna suck ass, I mean if even Hayden Panetierre thinks it's stupid...
This sequel is gonna suck ass, I mean if even Hayden Panetierre thinks it's stupid...
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11:48AM on 07/02/2010

Sketch!

I loved the first Scream movie! Wait dont give them any ideas... PLEASE DONT REBOOT!!!!!!!
I loved the first Scream movie! Wait dont give them any ideas... PLEASE DONT REBOOT!!!!!!!
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10:51AM on 07/02/2010

jheeeeze

Not that i'm a huge fan of the Scream series i'm really getting sick of reading about the fucking Whine-stiens suddenly deciding to fuck another movie over. Whether it's rewrites or massive delay's the Weinstein's need to fuck off and die.
Not that i'm a huge fan of the Scream series i'm really getting sick of reading about the fucking Whine-stiens suddenly deciding to fuck another movie over. Whether it's rewrites or massive delay's the Weinstein's need to fuck off and die.
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10:50AM on 07/02/2010

jheeeeze

Not that i'm a huge fan of the Scream series i'm really getting sick of reading about the fucking Whine-stiens suddenly deciding to fuck another movie over. Whether it's rewrites or massive delay's the Weinstein's need to fuck off and die.
Not that i'm a huge fan of the Scream series i'm really getting sick of reading about the fucking Whine-stiens suddenly deciding to fuck another movie over. Whether it's rewrites or massive delay's the Weinstein's need to fuck off and die.
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10:50AM on 07/02/2010
A movie plagued with this much problems that is an unnecessary sequel to a bloated over praised franchise can only spell doom.
A movie plagued with this much problems that is an unnecessary sequel to a bloated over praised franchise can only spell doom.
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10:36AM on 07/02/2010
I was on the fence about this movie before, but if it's true that Ehren Kruger is taking the reins on the script, then I'm going to AVOID this one. I haven't liked a single film that guy is attached to.

Also, Mike, you have two spelling errors in your story. No disrespect, but you should proofread.
I was on the fence about this movie before, but if it's true that Ehren Kruger is taking the reins on the script, then I'm going to AVOID this one. I haven't liked a single film that guy is attached to.

Also, Mike, you have two spelling errors in your story. No disrespect, but you should proofread.
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10:13AM on 07/02/2010

??????

If Williamson left and they brought in someone else to rewrite the script. This movie blow chunks. Williamson is a great writer. Why mess with the script. I mean Hayden walks the script must be that bad. That'll be 3 stars in 2 weeks. Who's next to walk Neve, Courtney or David?
If Williamson left and they brought in someone else to rewrite the script. This movie blow chunks. Williamson is a great writer. Why mess with the script. I mean Hayden walks the script must be that bad. That'll be 3 stars in 2 weeks. Who's next to walk Neve, Courtney or David?
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10:02AM on 07/02/2010
Zap2it is a gossip site. There is no truth to this. They are the only site reporting this other than JoBlo.
Zap2it is a gossip site. There is no truth to this. They are the only site reporting this other than JoBlo.
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9:50AM on 07/02/2010

I hope everything works out well.

This is one sequel I'm excited about, I just have a feeling the killer will be a woman...again.
This is one sequel I'm excited about, I just have a feeling the killer will be a woman...again.
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9:35AM on 07/02/2010

Williamson left?

Wow, it must suck
Wow, it must suck
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9:51AM on 07/02/2010
I agree,,,I have no interest now..at all.
I agree,,,I have no interest now..at all.
9:27AM on 07/02/2010

Like I said before....

This movie is doomed for failure. When you have to cast this many hot chicks and now some of them are leaving for questionable reasons, time to abandon ship. The first movies were terrible and this will be no different.
This movie is doomed for failure. When you have to cast this many hot chicks and now some of them are leaving for questionable reasons, time to abandon ship. The first movies were terrible and this will be no different.
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9:31AM on 07/02/2010
When you're casting a shit load of hot chicks, it most likely means you're trying to distract the audience from how horrible the flick is.
When you're casting a shit load of hot chicks, it most likely means you're trying to distract the audience from how horrible the flick is.
10:32AM on 07/02/2010
In all fairness, aren't MOST movies cast with only hot girls?
In all fairness, aren't MOST movies cast with only hot girls?
10:51AM on 07/02/2010
The first one was good.
The first one was good.
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