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The latest issue of Total Film contains a Scream 4 feature (shared with Fast Five, of all movies) offering up ample quotage from cast members, with Wes Craven the chief interview subject. Surprisingly, he was asked about his unjustly infamous script control quote of last year, and offered a candid but philosophical response.

During production, Craven tweeted that he was “no longer in control of the script” as Scream 3 writer Ehren Kruger came in to rework Williamson’s draft. “I was just stating the fact,” he recalls. “In some ways it’s a Wes Craven film, and in way it’s not entirely, because it’s not a script I have control of. It’s ultimately controlled by what the studio wants in the script. My job is much more bringing whatever experience and expertise and creativity I can.” He pauses. “Look, there was a bumpy period when things shifted over from Kevin to Ehren. I signed up to do a script by Kevin and unfortunately that didn’t go all the way through the shooting. But it certainly is Kevin’s script and concept and ideas and themes.”

With the future a bit of a mystery, he had this to say about Scream 5 and Scream 6:

And would Craven be up for any more if this Screamed up enough box office? “When I initially met with Kevin, he sketched out what the next two would be, and I found it really fascinating,” he concludes. “A lot depends on whether they come up with scripts to flesh out. But certainly, I’m up for it, if the script is there. It’s a fascinating thing to do two trilogies in a career.”

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Scream news is a hot commodity these days. It seems like innuendo from anyone involved — be it tweet, talk or text — is quickly posted and dissected for all it’s worth. So here’s the most recent morsel of Ghostface scoop: Shock Till You Drop has learned “Dimension Films still has a Scream 5 writing assignment on the table for a potential writer.”

Have you got your resumé ready yet? There is no source named beyond “Dimension Films,” but the site is among the more reputable out there — and sequel talk shouldn’t come as a shock to anymore. However, it isn’t a done deal; Scream 5‘s future is wholly dependent on the box office numbers that hit Dimension’s desk on the evening of Sunday, April 17, 2011. This news simply shows, as the website also states, “the studio is serious about kicking off a new trilogy with Scream 4.”

If this is true, it turns out they might go ahead without Kevin Williamson despite the fact he’s supposedly contracted for Scream 5 (and Scream 6, though a deal was not yet in place at the time of the linked interview). But he’s a busy guy: he recently signed on to guide another TV series through development – The Secret Circle, starring Scream 4 screamer Britt Robertson.

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Has Scream’s 11 year absence made the heart grow fonder? Boxoffice.com seems to think so!

The website is predicting Scream 4 will rake in an estimated $50 million on opening weekend and end its run with a total domestic gross of $115 million. If this rings true, Scream 4 will become the highest grossing film in the series, surpassing the original, which currently holds the title with $103 million.

Scream 4 currently sits on a $40 million budget. If the Wes Craven flick makes its money back on opening weekend, expect those Weinsteins to greenlight Scream 5 the following day.

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Getting so close to release, it’s only natural that theaters are going to need to know the length of Scream 4 so they can book and budget session times. Lucky for us, the website for Event Cinemas, Australia’s primary theater chain has made the running time public…

They are listing Scream 4 as 1 hour & 43 minutes. We were a little shocked too, but Event have proven trustworthy in the past – they had revealed/confirmed the local release date of April 14. Also, this runtime matches up with what we’ve been reading on the forum about other international theaters.

103 minutes is a far cry from a 140-page script. That makes it the leanest, quickest Scream film yet. Compare it against previous entries’ runtimes:
Scream – 111 min
Scream 2 – 120 min
Scream 3 – 116 min

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Scream attained pop culture status a long time ago – some would say the moment the everyone’s favorite child actress Drew Barrymore was hung from a tree. The second level was the parodic Scary Movie in 2000. But now it has reached a whole new height – the adult film version.

Vivid Entertainment shoot naughty versions of famous films and characters (usually superheroes). They have achieved a type of success in their industry that goes beyond profit – critical approval. Ducking rights issues by using the banner of parody, several of their efforts have crossed over into geek mainstream, hailed for watchable storylines and being unusually respectable to the source material.

So now, set to join the company’s line including sexy takes on Star Wars, Grease, A Clockwork Orange and The Godfather – “comes” Scream XXX: A Porn Parody.

Yes, this is Safe For Work.




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