The Scream franchise has long faced the threat of spoilers giving away major plot twists before the movie is released.
And to address the issue for the upcoming fifth installment in the slasher series, multiple versions of the script have been distributed.
In addition, various adaptations of the film exist, as well as parts with different endings.
Fix the leak: Scream 5 has multiple scripts, endings, and edits to prevent potential spoilers from being leaked ahead of the slasher sequel’s release in 2022
This was reported by Bloody disgusting this week, with the studio behind Scream 5 confirming the matter.
The film was shot last year amid several pandemic-related delays.
While the new chapter in the franchise was shot in the back of last summer, when the COVID-19 numbers weren’t the worst, the release date has been affected by the continued closure of movie theaters around the world.
The film is now scheduled for release in January 2022, with only a few of the cast and crew knowing how the film will end in its theatrical final cut.
Tight Lips: Multiple versions of the script have been distributed. In addition, various adaptations of the film exist, as well as parts with different endings [pictured: Courteney Cox in Scream 3]
The first Scream burst into the slasher scene in 1996 and attracted a huge fan base.
The sequel – 1997’s Scream 2 – was the first to experience the threat of spoilers, with the risk of the killer (or killers, in the case of Scream 2) being leaked.
Production hit a big deal when the original ending – written by screenwriter Kevin Williamson – was leaked online.
In it reportedly were four murderers. These were Mrs. Loomis – the mother of Scream 1 killer Billy – and Cotton Weary – the male heroine Sidney Prescott who was wrongly accused of murdering her mother.
Spoiled: Scream 2 was the first to experience the threat of spoilers, where the killers’ identities were leaked [pictured: Laurie Metcalf as Mrs Loomis]
In this design they collaborated with Sidney’s college friend Derek and her roommate Hallie.
When the quartet of the killers’ identities got out, the studio behind the film ordered a rewrite.
However, the story of the ‘original’ ending is a bit dark. In 2017, Williamson told Dread Central that “ Hallie and Derek’s ending was a dummy draw. ” He also said he had written several other versions as well.
“The studio was determined to keep the plot details a secret,” he said. They were concerned that the killer’s identity would be leaked, so we wrote different endings. Three in total, if the memory serves.
“And when actors and potential crew members asked to read the script, we sent the script with the dummy ending.”
Heroine: Sidney Prescott – played by Neve Campbell – is depicted in Scream 2. She returns for Scream 5
He teased that another fake version was circulating with serial hero Sheriff Dewey Riley – played by the star of Scream 1-4 and returning in Scream 5 – was the killer.
There was even a fake ending where Dewey was the killer. They existed as a decoy and nothing more. Extreme measures, but we really wanted to keep the killer’s identity a secret, ”Williamson added.
The latest cut saw Derek and Hallie get murdered, Cotton survived 2000’s Scream 3 (in which he was the big opening murder in the first scene), and Ms. Loomis disguised herself as local reporter Debbie Salt.
She remained the killer in the finale and enlisted manic film student Mickey to help her, before shutting him down in the finale.
Art That Imitates Life: Scream 3 centered around the production of fictional Stab 3 and saw a new maniac kill the cast in the order they died in the script – only there were multiple versions of the screenplay ‘to avoid spoilers on the internet ‘
Scream 3 revolved around the production of Stab 3 – the fictional franchise-within-a-franchise on which Sidney’s life – played by Neve Campbell – was based.
It takes place in Hollywood and there were a lot of in-jokes and nods to the leaks surrounding Scream 2 in the storyline.
The movie saw a new maniac – who turned out to be the director of Stab 3 Roman Bridger – kill the cast in the order they died in the script.
One of the problems in the movie was that there were multiple versions of the screenplay – “to avoid internet spoilers” – in which a different sequence of deaths took place.
Re-shoots: Scream 4 was released in 2011 and had a similar behind-the-scenes drama [pictured: Alison Brie in her death scene]
Scream 4 was released in 2011 and had a similar behind-the-scenes drama.
Williamson was brought in to write this chapter of the series after handing over the reins to Ehren Kruger for Scream 3 (something fans have always been displeased with).
But Williamson’s Scream 4 concept was modified by Kruger during production – although it’s never quite clear what changed.
Ordered Again: Franchise director Wes Craven – who died in 2015 – changed the opening scene of Scream 4 so that Marnie’s character was killed before her friend Jenny, when it had initially been the other way around [pictured: Aimee Teegarden as Jenny in her death scene]
Franchise director Wes Craven – who died in 2015 – also played re-shoots after filming in Scream 4. He rerecorded the entire initial murder and altered parts of the scene with Sidney’s assistant Rebecca in a hospital parking lot.
The opening scene originally saw Jenny’s character murdered in front of Marnie, after which Marnie was stabbed after trying to escape through the hallway.
In the revised version, Marnie is killed off-screen and thrown through a window, causing Jenny to try to flee through the garage. She is caught by the murderer and killed.
Will he, won’t he? At one point, it was suggested that Skeet Ulrich – who played one of Scream 1 killers Billy – would appear in Scream 5, but this has not been confirmed. His character was shot in the head at the end of the first movie
In Scream 5, Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox will return to their roles from the original four films and add Jack Quaid, Jenna Ortega and Dylan Minnette to the new cast.
Heather Matarazzo from Scream 3, Marley Shelton from Scream 4 and ‘the voice’ actor Roger L Jackson will also return.
At one point, it was suggested that Skeet Ulrich – who played one of Scream 1 killer Billy – would show up, but this has not been confirmed. His character was shot in the head at the end of the first movie.
Scream 5 is scheduled for release January 14, 2022.