Scream 3, released way back in 2000, almost killed off the popular postmodernist slasher franchise for good, and with good reason: Scream 3 is terrible. For as awful as the second film is in comparison with the original, Scream 3 takes things to an entirely new low – and it was 11 long years before anyone was up for a fourth film.
Of the film’s many, many missteps, the idea of moving it out of Woodsboro and into Hollywood was particularly troubling. Gone was the small-town-with-a-deadly-secret charm that made the original so compelling – replaced with a more traditional body count film that stretched an already implausible narrative well past the breaking point (really, the final reveals of killer and motive are almost howl-inducingly awful). It was a sad ending for a trilogy.
However, it didn’t have to be this way. At least part of the issue with Scream 3 revolved around the decision to switch from screenwriter Kevin Williamson to Ehren Kruger. We’ve always wondered what Williamson would have done with a third film if he’d been allowed to write it – and now we know.
There are spoilers for April Fool’s Day ahead.
Williamson went on record recently, telling Entertainment Tonight what his version of Scream 3 would have looked like:
“In my original story for Scream 3, the killers were basically a fan club of Woodsboro kids that had formed because of Stab 1 and Stab 2. They were all doing the killings and the big surprise of the movie was when Sidney walked into the house after Ghostface had killed everyone… and they all rose up. None of them were actually dead and they’d planned the whole thing… The motive was their quest for fame, they were trying to top [Sidney's] Woodsboro story so they could be the legacy of their hometown.”
Okay, so basically Williamson’s big idea for an ending to his trilogy was to rip off the ending of April Fool’s Day… Maybe Scream 3 was just destined to suck regardless of who wrote it.
Fortunately, in the 11 years between Scream 3 and 4, Williamson apparently scrapped this idea. For all of the issues in Scream 4 (and there are many…), at least he didn’t cop out at the end like he wanted to in Scream 3.
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