Kevin Williamson’s Scrapped Scream Sequel Plans Could Reveal The Franchise’s Future


  • Kevin Williamson’s TV background influences his unique blend of teenage angst and horror in the Scream franchise.
  • Fans may see creative decisions from Williamson in Scream 7 due to his history with the series and original ideas for earlier films.
  • Williamson’s scrapped ideas for Scream 4 opening could hint at a strong storyline for Sidney in Scream 7, adding to the franchise’s legacy.

With the big news that Kevin Williamson is directing Scream 7, Scream fans are excited to see what he does with the popular slasher franchise. The writer/director is known for his TV background as a creator/writer/executive producer on shows ranging from Dawson’s Creek, The Following, and Stalker to The Vampire Diaries. Williamson expertly blends teenage angst with horror, which is evident in two popular movies that he wrote, The Faculty and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Although Kevin Williamson is directing Scream 7 and Guy Busick will write the script, Williamson could be involved in some creative decisions given his history with the franchise. Since Williamson shared his original ideas for Scream 4, Scream 5, and Scream 6, it’s possible that some of his ideas could end up in Scream 7.


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Kevin Williamson Had A Vision For Scream 4’s Opening SequenceBritt Robertson and Aimee Teegarden in Scream 4

In 2022, Kevin Williamson shared his vision for the opening sequence of Scream 4. He said it would have featured a battle between Sidney Prescott and Ghostface. He told Entertainment Weekly that the plan was for Sidney to fight Ghostface and then, two years later, go back home to Woodsboro, California to promote her self-help book. However, producers agreed that the meta opening with younger characters worked better.

Williamson said:

“She fought for her life. t was a big, huge, 15-minute fight where she kept stabbing the killer, the killer kept stabbing her. I think she was stabbed five times, and crawling across the floor. And then she killed the killer, and the surprise was she didn’t die. The killer died.”

Williamson added that he added some of his scrapped opening scene featuring Sidney and Ghostface to the pilot episode of his horror TV show The Following starring Kevin Bacon.

It’s interesting to hear Kevin Williamson’s original opening scene for Scream 4 because it’s possible that Sidney could fight Ghostface in the opening of Scream 7 or later on in the film. It seems likely that Scream 7 will include a strong storyline for Sidney. She should use all the physical and mental strength she has built up over the past few decades to fight the new Ghostface.

What Horror Movies Did Kevin Williamson Write?

  • Scream (1996)
  • Scream 2 (1997)
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
  • The Faculty (1998)
  • Cursed (2005)
  • Scream 4 (2011)
  • Sick (2022)

While Scream 3 has the worst opening sequence out of any movie in the slasher franchise, Scream 4 has one of the coolest and most unique ones. While audiences think that they’re watching two teenage girls Sherrie (Lucy Hale) and Trudie (Shaenae Grimes) about to be killed by Ghostface, it’s quickly revealed that they are characters in Stab 6. Then, audiences saw a scene from Stab 7 featuring Chloe (Kristen Bell) and Rachel (Anna Paquin). Finally, Ghostface targets the real characters, Marnie Cooper (Britt Robertson) and Jennie Randall (Aimee Teegarden).

What Did Kevin Williamson Want Scream 5 To Be About?Emma Roberts as Jill Roberts in Scream 4

Kevin Williamson shared his ideas for Scream 5 and Scream 6 in an interview with Bloody Disgusting in 2022. He said that Scream 5 would have been focused on Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts). He said:

“Jill went to college, and then murders started on the campus. And it was a killer who knew she was the killer from the last film. So the killer kept trying to expose her, so she would have to kill to keep it covered up. So it was killer meets killer. And Sidney was a professor at that school.”

Based on these comments, it’s possible to guess that Scream 7 might have some returning characters, but might also feature a Ghostface hiding in plain sight. This would definitely make for an exciting reveal near the end of Scream 7. Williamson’s Scream 5 idea also suggests that Scream 7 could focus on Sidney’s career and share more about what her life is like now.

What Did Kevin Williamson Say Scream 6 Would Be About?Sam (Melissa Barrera) and Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) in Scream 6

In his interview with Bloody Disgusting, Kevin Williamson also shared his idea for Scream 6 and said:

Scream 6
was gonna answer whatever happened between Dewey and Gale. Sidney was in it, but it was more focused on Gale’s storyline.”

If Kevin Williamson consults on the plot of Scream 7 or is involved beyond just directing, then based on these comments, it’s possible that Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) could have her own storyline. While Gale has a great Scream 6 scene and the movie does discuss her big move to New York City to host a morning show, it would have been cool to see Williamson’s vision for this popular character. The writer and director’s comments suggest that if he had worked on Scream (2022) and Scream 6, Dewey Riley’s (David Arquette) upsetting death might not have happened.

Although Kevin Williamson hasn’t revealed the plot or other details about Scream 7, he mentioned Neve Campbell on the Happy Horror Time podcast in the fall of 2023. According to Deadline, he said:

“I know her well. I love and adore her, and that’s what she did and it’s great for her. I love everyone involved with
and all I can say is pay her the money. Yes, you heard it, everyone. That’s what I would do. I would give her that.”

Based on Williamson’s history with the horror franchise and appreciation of Campbell’s talents, it seems clear that Scream 7 will have an important Sidney plotline.


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The Scream movie and TV franchise began with the release of the first film in 1996. Directed by horror master Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, the deconstruction of slasher movies was an instant cultural, critical, and financial hit. Neve Campbell, who plays ongoing final girl Sidney Prescott, has become a horror icon in her own right, along with Ghostface, the only horror villain whose identity is always changing. Nearly three decades later, the Scream franchise shows no signs of slowing down.