Cox talks Scream 4

Monday, Aug 10, 2009

It’d have to be about five years ago, or more, that I first heard The Weinstein’s were very keen on relaunching the “Scream” series. They’d apparently managed to spark writer Kevin Williamson’s interest, but not Wes Craven’s – who was understandably reluctant to repeat himself… a fourth time.

Later, word leaked that Courteney Cox-Arquette and David Arquette were loosely attached to the new film. In it, their characters – Gale and Dewey, respectively – have to (trying to remember now) protect their child, or baby, from Ghostface… or something like that. Not quite sure what the killer wants with their baby (maybe it’s not their baby!?), but that was the gist.

And from the sounds of it, doesn’t sound like the storyline’s changed too much over the years. Cox tells SciFi Wire that “Scream 4” will indeed fix on her, Dewey and their child.

“She has a kid now,” Cox said in a group interview Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif., where she was promoting her ABC show ”Cougar Town”. “She’s married to Dewey.”

Cox isn’t worried about committing to another three “Scream” films.

“No, because [I take things] one day at a time,” she said. “But I heard the idea for Scream 4, and it’s fantastic.”

Wes Craven hasn’t committed to directing “Scream 4” (5, 6) but he does seem a little more open to it than he did, say, the night of the “Cursed” premiere.

But as writer Williamson tells IF Magazine, Craven won’t commit until he’s read the finished script.

“Wes wants to read the script before we sign on, which makes sense,” he adds. “We’ve sort of chatted about it. We’re a Scream family, so not having dad sitting at the head of the table, wouldn’t make sense.”

Williamson, the brainchild of TVs “Dawson’s Creek”, says The Weinstein’s have been courting him for “Scream 4″ for years.

”[Exec. Producer] Bob Weinstein has been bugging me a hundred billion years, “Let’s do it. Let’s do it.” Wes [Craven] and I were like “no way.” Then finally I was taking some time off, sitting around thinking “what if I had to do Scream 4?” I wasn’t interested, [but then I thought] “a trilogy – now I’d be interested! Could we do that and develop a trilogy?” and then I started thinking about the story. I created three different chapters, broke it up and I got really excited.”

Williamson recently suffered a setback when Neve Campbell pulled out of the picture. He has now been forced to write a ‘Sidney-less’ scenario.