07 July 2010
Scream 4: Kevin Williamson Out Ehren Kruger In
A major shakeup has taken place behind the scenes of Scream 4. According to Zap2It, screenwriter and creator Kevin Williamson has left the project and has been replaced by Ehren Kruger.
Apparently, Williamson is busy preparing for season 2 of “The Vampire Diaries” and won’t have a lot of free time to work on the film. In his absence Kruger, who wrote Scream 3, has been brought on to “assist.” Rumors have been running wild as to what will be done with the script that Williamson originally turned in.
Some say that there will be a complete overhaul and certain characters will be changed dramatically, like Hayden Panettiere’s. She’s supposed to play the nerdy best friend of Emma Roberts. Sources have claimed that Panettiere is "beyond frustrated with the changes" to the script as her character "used to be really sharp" but has been "dumbed down significantly".
The Deputy Sheriff role of Marley Shelton, recently vacated by Lake Bell, has also been cut down and additional reports have come in that Lauren Graham has quit the project because of losing screen time in her role as Emma Roberts's mother.
Williamson knows these characters better than anyone, if he penned a draft for the new film they should stick to it. I'm not very familiar with Kruger's work but I do know that Scream 3 didn't go over well with the horror community. It'll be interesting to see how well the show goes on with all the changes.
Kruger's other writing credits include Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and The Ring to name a few.
Source: screencrave.com; zap2it.com