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'Scream' TV Series Gets Greenlit, Wes Craven May Direct Pilot

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 26, 2013 2:50 PM
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With two small screen prequels to big films already a hit this TV season -- NBC’s “Hannibal” and A&E’s “Bates Motel” -- and small screen adaptations of “Fargo” and “Goodfellas” on the way (and possibly even a sequel series to "L.A. Confidential"), TV networks are looking at other big screen properties to exploit for easy brand name recognition. Their latest catch? A certain post-modern horror series from the nineties.

Interview: Wes Craven Says The Changing Pace Of Technology Attracted Him to 'Scream 4'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 7, 2011 5:08 AM
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This week, "Scream 4" hit both Blu-ray and DVD and while we had reservations when we initially saw it, it was still a lot of fun (maybe more-so on home video, which adds even more oomph to the wonderful, meta-textual opening sequence). There are also tons of delicious extras that give you a good peek behind the scenes at the occasionally troubled production (including a healthy amount of deleted scenes and an ace commentary track). We got to speak to the genuinely legendary Wes Craven about his intentions for the film, how much of it resembled Kevin Williamson's original draft, and fighting with the Weinsteins.

Wes Craven Says 'Scream 4' Was First In New Trilogy & 'Scream 5' Is Likely

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 5:30 AM
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Well, by most accounts, both critically and commercially, "Scream 4" was a dud. Even though it rounded up all the original players (that were still alive) from the first installment and paired them with a bunch of newcomers, the movie earned the lowest of any entry of the franchise to date and unlike its predecessors, it failed to crack $100 million worldwide. Still, despite the rough production which saw franchise creator Kevin Williamson scrapping it out with the Weinsteins (they later hugged it out) and changes by replacement screenwriter Ehren Kruger rumored to have soured some cast members, talk of a sequel is still rearing its head.

Kevin Williamson & Wes Craven Will Wait & See Before Signing On To 'Scream 5' & 'Scream 6'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2011 7:39 AM
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Say what you will about the "Scream" franchise, but it's a financial juggernaut. Together, the low-budget meta-horror picks have so far brought in over $500 million and it's no wonder that Dimension Films are returning to the well nearly a decade after "Scream 3." However, the path to "Scream 4" wasn't exactly smooth sailing. Franchise creator Kevin Williamson, who originally penned the script, departed the film last summer, with Ehren Kruger (”Scream 3,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) coming in and making drastic changes to the script with reports of cast members jumping ship or simply being unhappy with the new direction their character's had taken. But with the film now a week away from hitting theaters, it looks everyone is friends again. Recently Williamson revealed that his blowup with Bob Weinstein was just par for the course, and that they wound up hugging it out Ari Gold style. And at the end of day both Williamson and Wes Craven would be happy to return for "Scream 5" and "Scream 6" -- with caveats of course.

Wes Craven Says More 'Scream 4' Shooting Are New Scenes, Not Reshoots; Terrible Poster Arrives

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 3, 2011 4:55 AM
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The Weinstein Company -- and the Weinstein brothers, Harvey and Bob -- are a curious bunch. They made their name with excellent foreign film acquisitions for the U.S. in their early days of Miramax, brought indie to the mainstream with the Tarantinos and Kevin Smiths of the world in the early-mid '90s, and then showed everyone in Hollywood they were the masters of the prestige picture campaign and Oscar dominance in the late '90s as well ("The English Patient," "Shakespeare In Love," Goodwill Hunting," and "Chicago" in 2002). Of course, all the while they had their B-movie shingle Dimension Films which brought the world Robert Rodriguez and the lucrative "Spy Kids," "Scary Movie" and "Scream" franchises. While Dimension has always been part of the business and strategy and TWC has ailed financially in recent years with failed Oscar campaigns ("The Reader," "A Single Man," "The Road"), Dimension has become more and more significant in the overall TWC agenda.

'Scream 4' Trailer Arrives To Announce Your Horror McFranchise Is Back Just How You Like It

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 16, 2011 8:40 AM
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New decade, new rules, huh? Not exactly. Pop quiz: what would a "Scream" movie be without its movie in-jokes, exactly? Hmm, perhaps an original film? A Canadian trailer for the Weinstein Company's desperate franchise cash-in has arrived and get it while it's hot because the studio keeps taking down various trailers on YouTube only for them to spring up again five minutes later. They should probably realize the wildfire has spread and it's best to just release an official version already.

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