4:10 pm - 01/20/2013

How "Scream 3" became "The Following"

The mind of an artist can be a very dark attic. They go imagining things and keeping it there. Making a huge quilt of ideas. Till, one day, when everything is tied up, they bring it all down and show us.

In a recent interview to Entertainment Tonight, Kevin Williamson revealed major details about his original ideas to Scream 3, that will never see the light of the day in its primary form - it will be called The Following.

"Back when I was researching Danny Rolling, I wanted to write about a serial killer on a college campus, and an FBI agent hunting down a college professor. But then I decided to do Scream."

"Interestingly enough, Scream 2 was on a college campus, so it all connected."
"In my original story for Scream 3 [Ehren Kruger was brought in to write the threequel after Williamson exited], the killers were basically a fanclub 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, so I just placed that into one character with Scream 4.They were trying to top [Sidney's] Woodsboro story so they could be the legacy of their hometown. All those ideas metamorphosed into The Following."

As a fan, I can't help to dream how this would look as if Williamson had written it for the final chapter of the first trilogy, or as Scream 5...

The Following Premiers Tomorrow Night on Fox! Jan 21st @ 9!

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angelmonster 21st-Jan-2013 12:19 am (UTC)
This better be good tomorrow!
yourlivewire 21st-Jan-2013 01:43 am (UTC)
it is
melissa_ivory 21st-Jan-2013 12:19 am (UTC)
Do we really need this Charlie Manson inspired mess?
vehiclesshockme 21st-Jan-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
It's inspired by the Gainesville Ripper actually and the show is supposed to be excellent.
melissa_ivory 21st-Jan-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Kevin Bacon = awesome, so I expect nothing less, but thanks for the correction. From the previews, I just kept seeing Charles Manson.
saturdaysinbed 21st-Jan-2013 12:19 am (UTC)
can't wait for this
josiefier 21st-Jan-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
I kept thinking of Scream 2 tbh, given the serial killer network ~Debbie and Mickey met on.
fwee_prower 21st-Jan-2013 12:23 am (UTC)
That would be creepy as fuck to everyone faked their deaths to fuck with Sydney
vehiclesshockme 21st-Jan-2013 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm so excited for this.

It makes a lot of sense that what became The Following was originally Scream 3. I knew that Kevin had drawn inspiration from The Gainesville Ripper for both but really this makes much more sense and honestly would have made a much better Scream 3 than what actually happened (screw you Ehren Kruger). I'm not even going to be mad though because we're getting The Following out of it which I hope is just as awesome as I've heard that it is.

Do what you do best Kevin. I will watch every week. <3
ian_michael89 21st-Jan-2013 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm so fucking excited. I think this will be the closest thing to an Kevin Williamson SCREAM that we will ever get again and that makes me happy.
vehiclesshockme 21st-Jan-2013 12:34 am (UTC)
Right? Especially since it really seems like there's minimal interference and they're just letting him have at it.
turkish_popstar 21st-Jan-2013 07:26 am (UTC)
same, i'm super pumped!
ellenpage 21st-Jan-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
I saw a long preview for this on a flight a few weeks ago and it looks incredible. But I'm a wimp about violence/being scared so I don't think I'll be able to stomach it.
palmsread 21st-Jan-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
definitely anticipating this show.

and then i'll watch another new episode of The Carrie Diaries.
hypnology 21st-Jan-2013 12:26 am (UTC)
It took me 3 times to read this to figure out that the following is a tv show even though the last line is about its premiere.
hypnology 21st-Jan-2013 12:53 am (UTC)
I live under a rock, ok? lol
redaodai 21st-Jan-2013 12:29 am (UTC)
I swear there were rumors of a Scream TV show a long time ago. Maybe this is what they meant.
ian_michael89 21st-Jan-2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Nope that was MTV who 'apparently' bought the rights to a Scream tv show but I think it's dead in the ground.
iamglory 21st-Jan-2013 01:15 am (UTC)
What the fuck would they do!?
jaded56 21st-Jan-2013 12:33 am (UTC)
i'm definitely watching this tomorrow

vehiclesshockme 21st-Jan-2013 12:37 am (UTC)
lol he retweeted me a while back and I didn't even realize it until like a week later.

What did he say to you? :)
jaded56 21st-Jan-2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Well I was talking to my friend about watching the show and then he replied and said, "it would mean a lot if you did. Tune in on Fox!!" And I was actually freaking out but I thought it was a fake account because he wasn't verified XD
jess_sayin 21st-Jan-2013 12:36 am (UTC)
I am seriously in need of this to be good. But I will figure out a way to channel any disappointment when this dips like the dow after the second episode.
vehiclesshockme 21st-Jan-2013 12:40 am (UTC)
The first four episodes have screened for critics and the response for all four has been positive.
jess_sayin 21st-Jan-2013 12:57 am (UTC)
That's good news... I am cautiously excited, but sorta wish it was on HBO or AMC.
sdpt 21st-Jan-2013 12:36 am (UTC)
just going to put this here:


Edited at 2013-01-21 12:37 am (UTC)
melissa_ivory 21st-Jan-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Subtle, I like it.
ian_michael89 21st-Jan-2013 01:56 am (UTC)
Thank you for this!
ky02121 21st-Jan-2013 12:40 am (UTC)
The reviews have been really positive.
courtney_77 21st-Jan-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
I've got high hopes don't let me down K. Bacon.
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