‘Scream 4’ possibly undergoing additional shooting? Uh-oh

Scream 4 Teaser Poster; Image Credit: Dimension Films

UPDATE: Wes Craven vaguely confirmed via Twitter on Feb. 1 that he was “In Michigan getting you more to #SCREAM4” and tweeted a photo of star Alison Brie. After fan concerns of reshoots, Craven stated in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly the next day that “They’re not reshoots. We had a couple test screenings and we saw two scenes where they had moments you could add to and we just saw a spectacular opportunity. Bob [Weinstein] just said to me basically, ‘You go to your dark side and I’ll give you the money!’ The two scenes were really good, but we saw how they could be spectacular, so we thought, let’s just go for it. They were key moments of the script, so we just decided to go back and go for the grand slam on them.” Also confirmed is that the ending is not being changed. END UPDATE

Well this could be one of the more depressing bits of information I have read recently.  According to OnLocationVacations.com, Wes Craven’s “Scream 4” might be heading back to Michigan to film some additional footage.

Here’s what they say:

“One of our readers, Amy, received a filming notice in Northville, MI (on Clement St. between 7 mile and Frederick) for Jan. 31 & Feb. 2 that simply listed a motion picture entitled “Z”. Anyone who was following the Scream 4 shoot last summer will remember much of the film was shot in Northville under the production name Z. So, it sounds to us like Scream 4 may be returning to Northville to shoot another scene.”

If this is truly the case I have one big concern: that these re-shoots are a result of the current print of the movie not being very good. Any movie aficionado knows that re-shoots of any kind are usually a fairly good indicator that the movie is going to be a stinker, with the filmmakers making a last-ditch effort to try to improve the film.  Just look at the remakes of “Black Christmas,” “Clash of the Titans,” and “The Wolfman,” both of which went through extensive re-shoots to produce quite terrible end products.

Also, the word-of-mouth on this could be disastrous for the film. I don’t see the point in using a fake name for the film and keeping everything so secretive. Obviously, Dimension Films does not want the plot of the film to get leaked, but since news of additional shooting has been leaked, I would at least expect a news release to be sent out explaining the reasons for the additional shooting in order to assuage any concerns fans of the series might have.

Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin in "Scream 4;" Image Credit: The Weinstein Co.

I honestly don’t see “Scream 4” being a box-office failure, but the horror community is one of the most loyal and rabid fan bases in existence. It is not wise to abuse their trust like that, which is why Dimension Films should do something to show their confidence in the film. Even Wes Craven coming forward to say something would help.

Nevertheless, Dimension Films needs some help in the public relations department and learn to communicate with their audience a bit more.

“Scream 4” opens on April 15 and stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marley Shelton, Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin and Alison Brie.

The trailer can be seen after the jump:

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