It's difficult to have high hopes for any Part 4 of a film series, because, after three sequels, its safe to say the best is in the past, but I did have faint hope for the fourth Scream film. The newest installment, which will arrive eleven years after the last effort, which was rather underwhelming and didn't feature the writing of series creator Kevin Willimason, had the original creative team re-assembled and the remaining (meaning living) cast members also on board. Williamson was hired to not only write Scream 4, but also spoke up a whole new trilogy and veteran genre director Wes Craven, who helmed the first three movies was back in the director's chair. Williamson was active on his twitter account while the developing the new film and when Neve Campbell, the star of the original trilogy officially signed on for the fourth installment it seemed they might have a chance to make a cool new Scream movie. As the film neared production, casting details began to surface and the movie landed Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Adam Brody and Alison Brie joining the returning Courtney Cox, David Arquette and, of course, Neve Campbell. This was all good. Then the film went into production.
Bloody Disgusting.com (my pick for the best source for anything horror) that Matthew Lillard (who played one of Campbell's two tormenters in the first film before being murdered by her in the climax was set to return in Part 4 (despite, you know, being dead) because he was spotted dining with Campbell in Ann Arbor Michigan... where Scream 4 is lensing. Turns out, Lillard is shooting another movie in nearby Milford, Michigan (who knew Michigan was such a production hotbed) and was just visiting his old cast mate (confirmed on his twitter.) So we know what they're not doing, what's unclear is what they are doing, but all signs point to this being a bit of a mess.