Scream 3 (2000) Poster



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Wes Craven filmed three different endings and didn't tell the cast which one he was going to use.
Neve Campbell's contract allowed her to be on the set of Scream 3 (2000) for just twenty days, which is why Sidney has less screen time than in the other films.
Throughout Scream 3 (2000) the actors of "Stab 3", the movie-within-the-movie, complain about rewrites and three different scripts. The complaints actually originated with the actual cast of Scream 3 (2000), because of frequent rewrites and three different endings.
Another idea for Jamie Kennedy to reprise his character Randy Meeks was to have him survive the stabbing in Scream 2 (1997), his family having rescued him secretly. This was ultimately deemed to be too far-fetched so Randy was resurrected via a post-mortem video appearance instead.
Throughout the film Sidney can be seen to be wearing the Greek letters around her neck that were given to her by her boyfriend Derek, in Scream 2 (1997), shortly before he was killed.
Neve Campbell was concurrently shooting Drowning Mona (2000) and Party of Five (1994) during the production of Scream 3 (2000). Because her "Drowning Mona" character had long, streaked hair, Campbell had to wear a wig to play Sidney Prescott, which required two hours application time each morning.
The rules for a continued horror-film sequel as stated in Scream 3 (2000) are: 1. the killer must be superhuman; mere stabbing or shooting will not be enough to kill the killer; 2. anyone can die, including the main character; and 3. the past will come back to haunt someone. Later in Scream 3 (2000), Detective Mark Kincaid warns, "All I know about movie trilogies is in the third one all bets are off".
Patrick Dempsey was hired the day before shooting began. He had one night to learn three big dialog-heavy scenes.
Carrie Fisher helped rewrite some of her lines.
The house used during the climax, where most of the killing takes place, is the same house used as a school in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).
The Song "Red Right Hand" is played in all three of the movies.
Matthew Lillard has stated that he was originally going to be the killer in Kevin Williamson's version of the script, but that story was scrapped after complications with the script due to the Columbine High School shootings.
Gale mentions Jennifer's relationship with Brad Pitt. Courteney Cox's Friends (1994) costar Jennifer Aniston was married to Pitt. Ironically, the character Jennifer's last name is Jolie - the last name of Angelina Jolie, whom Pitt would later become involved with.
Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) argues with Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) about him refusing to take responsibility for his murders, instead blaming others, and he refuses to listen. This is a representation of director Wes Craven's frustration with people who use horror films as scapegoats for murder motives, as the series has been plagued with people who blame violence in movies for violence in real life. Craven makes direct nods to this in the first and second Scream films (Mickey says he wants to "blame the movies" and Billy says that "movies don't create psychos).
David Arquette and Courteney Cox met on the set of Scream (1996), dated while shooting Scream 2 (1997), and married a month before principal photography of Scream 3 (2000) began. Cox added 'Arquette' to her name, as seen in the credits of Scream 3 (2000). Arquette and Cox cut short their honeymoon in order to film Scream 3 (2000).
The publicity stills of young Maureen Prescott, or "Rina Reynolds," are actually early modeling photos of a young Lynn McRee, the actress who portrays the adult Maureen Prescott.
The bathroom in which Sidney finds Angelina on the set of "Stab 3" is a replica of the one in which Sidney was attacked in Scream (1996), as evidenced by the position of its doors and its soap dispenser design.
Steve Austin was considered for the role of Steven Stone.
The film's lack of freedom with its gore and violence, prompted a hiatus from the horror genre for director Wes craven.
The film's original website was a spoof website for Sunrise Studios, the fictional company making "Stab 3", complete with a production list of upcoming films and cast bios of its "Stab 3" stars.
The green outfit worn by Parker Posey while on set is the same one worn by Courteney Cox in the first movie. All sets for "Stab 3" were replicas of the originals since the sets were destroyed after Scream (1996) wrapped.
Compared to its two predecessors, Scream 3 (2000) used the least amount of artificial blood. Its tally of 10 gallons compares with 50 gallons for the first film and 30 for the second.
Miramax was so concerned about protecting the movie's plot secrets that no journalists were allowed to see the finished film until two days before it opened.
Téa Leoni was a strong contender for the role of Jennifer Jolie and was called back several times during casting, but filmmakers ultimately decided Parker Posey was more suitable and was cast instead.
Wes Craven was briefly considered for the role of John Milton.
It was only after English actress Emily Mortimer had been cast that the production discovered that she didn't have a permit to work in the States. Mortimer was flown to Canada where she was able to obtain the correct permit just as production got underway.
It took $34.7 million in its opening weekend, the most any film had ever earned during the January-April period at the time, and the most Miramax had ever earned for any debuting film.
Scream 3 (2000) never had a public test screening. The cast and crew only had their first chance to see the finished product at the premiere because of fears of spoilers being put out on the Internet.
Scott Foley's feature film debut.
Alicia Silverstone was offered the role of Angelina Tyler, but turned it down.
Christopher Walken was considered for the role of John Milton.
Alicia Silverstone and Ben Affleck were considered for roles. Silverstone was considered for Sarah Darling and Christine.
David Boreanaz was considered for the role of Mark Kincaid.
One idea during development had Tori Spelling returning as herself portraying Sidney in "Stab 3". At one point, the character of Joel played by Duane Martin was set to return as well.
Paul Walker, Josh Hartnett James Van Der Beek and Johnathan Jackson were considered for the role of Tom Prinze.
Tara Reid, Monica Arnold and Ali Larter were considered for the role of Sarah Darling.
Selma Blair was considered for the role of Jennifer Jolie.
Roman Bridger (Scott Foley), the director of the 'movie within the movie', complains that he had to make a horror film before he was allowed to make a classic love story. Something similar happened to director Wes Craven himself: he had to agree to do Scream 3 (2000) before he was allowed to make the musical drama Music of the Heart (1999).
The empty cinematographer's chair on the "Stab 3" set has the name of the actual Scream 3 (2000) cinematographer, Peter Deming.
Kevin Williamson wrote a script for this movie, until they hired a new writer and disregarded his draft.
Set a record in its opening weekend for number of screens in the U.S.: 3,467 (later surpassed by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) with 3,762).
Kate Winslet, Shannen Doherty and Charisma Carpenter were all close contenders for the part of Christine. Kelly Rutherford got the part.
Liv Tyler and Jennifer Connelly were considered for the role of Christine Hamilton.
Rachel True, Keri Russell, Alyssa Milano and Denise Richards were considered for the role of Christine Hamilton.
Teri Hatcher was considered for the role of Jennifer Jolie.
Benicio Del Toro was considered for the role of Roman Bridger.
Lance Henriksen's director character shares the same name as the famous 17th century English writer. The author John Milton is best known for the poem "Paradise Lost". In "Paradise Lost", Satan deceives Adam and Eve to choose temptation over God's Eden. Their decision leaves them expelled from Eden and forever corrupted. Director 'John Milton' in Scream 3 (2000) dupes Maureen Prescott into believing that she can become successful in Hollywood by performing sexual favors. In a fashion similar to Adam and Eve, Maureen loses her innocence to false promises of grandeur, receiving only bit parts in Milton's films. As a result of her corruption by Milton, Maureen embraces promiscuity as revealed in the "Scream Trilogy".
Scream 3 (2000) was moved from its original December 10, 1999, release date to February 4, 2000.
Liev Schreiber insisted that Cotton Weary should remove his jacket in the opening sequence. Schreiber had been working out a lot at the time and wanted to show off his physique.
Kate Hudson was cast in Scream 3 (2000), but replaced prior to the commencement of principal photography. Scream 3 (2000) is listed among Hudson's credits on the back cover of the VHS box of Desert Blue (1998). The role in which Hudson was cast is unknown, but speculation is that it was either Christine or Sarah.
Jamie Lee Curtis was offered the role of Bianca Burnette but turned it down.
Claire Danes and Eliza Dushku were considered for the role of Angelina Tyler.
Heather Locklear was considered for the role of Bianca Burnette.
The main house where most of the principal "Stab 3" actors appeared to be staying actually belongs to Grease (1978) director Randal Kleiser.
Sidney's attack on the Woodsboro set of "Stab 3" is similar to her first attack in Scream (1996). As Sidney looks out of the window by the front door, the killer comes out of the coat closet and stabs the door, narrowly missing Sidney, and then he chases her up the stairs.
Was announced when writer Kevin Williamson was writing the script for Scream 2 (1997).
Parker Posey plays actress Jennifer *Jolie* while Emily Mortimer portrays actress *Angelina* Tyler. These are named for Angelina Jolie.
A special makeup-effects man working with Tyson on the set of "Stab 3" is named Stan, a possible reference to legendary special makeup effects artist Stan Winston.
Ehren Kruger was frantically rewriting while filming had started.
Fairuza Balk was considered for the role of Martha Meeks.
Christie Clark, Alyson Hannigan and Kellie Martin were considered for the role of Angelina Tyler.
Glenn Quinn and Charlie O'Connell was considered for the role of Tom Prinze. O'Connell's brother Jerry O'Connell played Derrick Feldman in Scream 2 (1997).
Slipknot's "Wait and Bleed" is on the soundtrack. Slipknot is known for wearing masks.
Ethan Erickson auditioned for the role of Tom Prinze.


Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith:  Jay and Silent Bob, the popular drug dealer characters from Clerks. (1994) and other movies, appear as tourists visiting Sunrise Studios who spot Gale Weathers and mistake her for Connie Chung.

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Wes Craven:  can be seen dressed as a tourist walking behind Jay and Silent Bob, outside the "Stab 3" set.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Tyson Fox says that Cotton Weary's murderer was "probaby some "Stab" fan pissed off they killed Randy in "Stab 2", which is a reference to "Scream" fanatics being upset that Randy Meeks was killed in Scream 2 (1997). Wes Craven got hate E-mail at his official web site because the character was killed. It was the fans upset that led to the idea of Randy surviving Scream 2 (1997) as a twist, later via a video-recording.
Back in Scream (1996), Randy says that if the police "watch Prom Night, they'd save time." In Prom Night (1980), the killer is revealed to be the main character's brother. In this third installment of Scream, the audience finds out that not only does Sidney have a brother she never knew about, but also find out Roman is the reason why the Woodsboro murders happened (thereby, creating a domino effect of murders and suffering in Sidney Prescott's life).
Out of all four "Scream" Movies. This is the only one to have only one killer.
Sarah complains about her Stab 3 character, Candy, only having two scenes before she is killed. Sarah only has two scenes in this film before she is killed, too.
According to the commentary by Wes Craven, Angelina Tyler (Emily Mortimer) was supposed to be the second killer, as Roman Bridger's girlfriend and ex-classmate of Sidney from Scream (1996), but the producers didn't like the idea.
The ten deaths in the movie in order are: Christine, Cotton Weary, Sarah Darling, Steven Stone, Tom Prinze, Angelina Tyler, Tyson Fox, Jennifer Jolie, John Milton, and Roman Bridger.
At one point during production, Detective Wallace was going to be one of the killers.
Roman is the only character not to be seen killed on screen. This is to trick the audience as it is later revealed that he is the killer.
Some versions of the script had Mark Kincaid getting killed in the finale.
Body count: 10
Roman is the only killer in the series to have acted alone. All the other "Ghostfaces" in the series have had an accomplice.
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