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The first draft of the screenplay was titled "Scream Again", and it had three different killers: Derek (Jerry O'Connell), Hallie (Elise Neal), and Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf). After they are killed, Cotton (Liev Schreiber) attempted to kill Sidney (Neve Campbell).
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One scene in Kevin Williamson's screenplay was described simply as "Wes Craven will make it scary."
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Kevin Williamson had the idea for a sequel while writing the script for Scream (1996), discovering there was more to the story. This movie began principal photography just six months after the release of Scream (1996), and it was released less than a year after its predecessor.
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(At around one minute) Paulette Patterson, who plays the usher who hands masks to Maureen (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Phil (Omar Epps), won her role in a contest sponsored by MTV.
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The cast were not informed of the identity of the killer until the last day of principal photography. Also, the cast did not receive the last ten pages of the shooting script until it was time to film the scenes contained therein. Furthermore, the last ten pages of the shooting script were printed on gray paper in order to deter illicit duplication of them. All cast members were required to sign confidentiality clauses as parts of their respective contracts that precluded them from discussing the outcome of the story and the killer's identity.
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Robert Rodriguez directed scenes of "Stab", the movie-within-a-movie. Rodriguez directed the Casey Becker (Heather Graham) scene and the Sidney and Billy (Luke Wilson) scene.
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Actors who auditioned for the part of Derek were asked to perform the scene in the cafeteria in which Derek sings "I Think I Love You" a cappella. The role of Derek went to Jerry O'Connell.
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The plot twists were all a matter of top secrecy throughout production. The screenplay was heavily guarded and restricted to only the most crucial personnel. Certainly none of the cast knew how the film ended, as the last ten pages were withheld from them. Consequently, when the first forty pages of the script were leaked onto the Internet, Kevin Williamson was forced to do some hasty re-writes. This meant that the film went into production without a completed script.
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(At around fifty minutes) In Scream (1996), Tatum asks Sidney, "If they make a movie about you, who's gonna play you?" Sidney answers, "With my luck, they'd cast Tori Spelling." In "Stab", the movie-within-a-movie, Tori Spelling plays Sidney.
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(At around thirteen minutes) Like in the first film, you can find a reference to Freddy Krueger's (played by Robert Englund in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise) iconic sweater in Hallie's (Elise Neal's) and Sidney's (Neve Campbell's) dorm room in the beginning of the film hanging on their closet door.
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Many of the actors and actresses involved in the production, including Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Jerry O'Connell were starring in their own television series at the time, allowing the production limited availability to schedule their involvement. Gellar in particular was in between filming of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), and had only recently finished work on another Kevin Williamson-penned film, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). Despite the hectic scheduling, Gellar admitted in an interview that she agreed to perform in this movie without having read the script because of the success of Scream (1996).
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Neve Campbell would shoot Party of Five (1994) on Mondays and Tuesdays during the day, and spent Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on this movie, most of which were night shoots. On Sundays, she would work all night until 6 a.m., go home for fifteen minutes to shower off all the fake blood and immediately go to the Party of Five (1994) set to shoot all day, all without sleeping.
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There's a scene earlier on in the movie when Sidney confronts Randy, as they're walking to class, about the killings on campus, and insists it's another killing spree, all over again. And at that point Randy inexplicably switches to an English accent for the rest of the scene. In a recent podcast Jamie Kennedy burst into laughing when he watched the scene and admitted he had no reason why Randy would suddenly switch accents like that.
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Earned one third of its total gross of $101.3 million in its opening weekend.
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(At around one hour and one minute) Randy's (Jamie Kennedy's) reference to fake nude pictures of Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) on the Internet was inspired by fake images of Courteney Cox that appeared on the worldwide web prior to production of this movie.
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Various titles were considered for the sequel at different points in the film's production, including Scream Again, Scream Louder, and Scream: The Sequel.
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Originally scheduled to open alongside Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Titanic (1997), both blockbusters shifted their dates so as not to be pitted against this movie.
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Lewis Arquette (Chief Hartley) was the real-life father of David Arquette (Dewey Riley) and father-in-law of Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers). Courtney Cox was married to David Arquette from 1999 to 2013. Lewis Arquette died in 2001.
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After filming, Jada Pinkett Smith sent director Wes Craven a set of steak knives for Christmas.
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Most of the outdoor scenes were filmed at Agnes Scott College, a women's college in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Early in the film, Randy (Jamie Kennedy) and a classmate are having a discussion about sequels and Aliens (1986) comes up. The classmate (Joshua Jackson) says Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver's) line correctly, "Get away from her, you bitch!" while Randy corrects him and says it's, "Stay away from her, you bitch." The classmate is indeed correct, but the script called for him to say Randy's line instead. Jamie Kennedy ad-libbed and covered up the mistake.
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Cici (Sarah Michelle Gellar) was originally meant to appear in the scene with the sorority sisters inviting Sidney to the party. The scene in which she does appear, the film class discussion, had a different student giving her lines.
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Greenlit while Scream (1996) was still playing in theaters.
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David Warner (Gus) was personally chosen by Wes Craven for a cameo, because Craven had been impressed with Warner's acting ever since he saw him in The Omen (1976). Warner had also auditioned for the main part of Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
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Reese Witherspoon and Alicia Silverstone were considered for the role of Cici.
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Co-producer Julie Plec revealed on Twitter that the original song that played over the last few minutes of the film was to be Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve. However, because the song sampled certain arrangements from a song by The Rolling Stones, it was too expensive for the movie's budget. The producers then decided to use She Said by Collective Soul asking them to add a cello element to evoke the same emotion that Bittersweet Symphony had.
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Wes Craven submitted eight different cuts to the MPAA before it was passed.
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(At around thirty-nine minutes) In the movie trailer and television advertisements for the movie, the scene in which Sidney talks to the killer for the first time on the Lambda house telephone is altered. In the trailers, the killer replies to her question, "It's time, girlfriend!", and in the theatrically released version, the killer says, "I want you. It's showtime."
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The Gothic statues that appear on the college campus are set decorations, not real statues at the filming location, Agnes Scott. Although the Agnes Scott students on campus during filming were instructed to not tamper with or vandalize the set decorations, and although there was a security guard assigned to the statues, students at least once succeeded in evading the guard and dressing up the statues as a prank.
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Excerpts from Hans Zimmer's score from Broken Arrow (1996) appeared in the film, in particular, guitar work by Duane Eddy, for Dewey, replacing the tracks that had been developed for the character from Scream (1996)'s score. Marco Beltrami explained in an interview that the Zimmer piece was used as a placeholder for Beltrami's incomplete score during a test screening. The test audience's reaction to it influenced the studio keep the Zimmer piece, reducing "Dewey's Theme", which Beltrami had composed to fill its place, to minor use during more serious scenes involving the character.
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(At around fifty-eight minutes) During the Fall of Troy scene, the images of Ghostface are played by choreographer Adam Shankman.
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Both this and the original Scream were among the highest grossing films of 1997, as the original Scream was released very late in 1996, making most of its money the following year.
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Rebecca Gayheart had auditioned for the role of Tatum Riley in Scream (1996) and auditioned multiple times for the roles of Cici Cooper, Hallie, and Maureen Evans before obtaining her eventual role.
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Filmed under the title Scream: The Sequel, a title reflected by baseball caps and shirts worn by the crew on-set, but the decision was overruled by Miramax.
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When Randy mentions the fake nude pictures of Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) on the Internet, she replies "It was just my head, it was Jennifer Aniston's body!" Jennifer Aniston was Courteney Cox's co-star during Friends, which was still airing at the time.
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Officer Andrews' (Philip Pavel) and Officer Richards' (Christopher Doyle) names are references to Brian Andrews and Kyle Richards from Halloween (1978).
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Kevin Williamson submitted a five-page outline for this movie when he was doing his original pitch for Scream (1996).
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A cut scene, lost apart from a still, featured Cici Cooper (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Dawnie (Marisol Nichols) and another Omega Beta Zeta sister, discussing Sidney (Neve Campbell) with Murphy (Portia de Rossi) and Lois (Rebecca Gayheart). The scene was cut as it was decided it made Cici seem insensitive.
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Denise Richards was offered a role in the film, but she was busy doing Starship Troopers (1997).
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The Omega Beta Zeta sorority house is the same that was used as Miss Trunchbull's mansion in Matilda (1996).
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Joshua Jackson and Rebecca Gayheart who have Roles in Scream 2 (1997) appeared both only one year later in another Teen-Slasher Urban Legend (1998), highly influenced by the success of the Scream Movies.
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There are references made to both David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston, who starred on Friends, with Courtney Cox.
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Principal photography took place over seven weeks.
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They deliberately shoot Derek looking around ominously and blankly throughout much of the movie so you'll wonder if he's the killer.
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Tobey Maguire was offered the role of Mickey.
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Before the killer calls Gale's phone, her assistant says someone named "Bob" wants to talk to her, a reference to producer Bob Weinstein, who is the brother of fellow producer Harvey Weinstein, who both co-founded Miramax.
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Eric Mabius, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Paula Marshall all auditioned for roles.
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Laurie Metcalf and Jerry O'Connell play mother and son in The Big Bang Theory in season 11.
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Nancy O'Dell and Deadra Moore's debut.
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Cameo 

Selma Blair: (At around twenty-nine minutes) Girl to whom Cici (Sarah Michelle Gellar) talks on the telephone before the killer calls.
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Matthew Lillard: (At around thirty-five minutes) Co-star of Scream (1996) is in the background at the frat party.
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Kevin Williamson: (At around thirteen minutes) Cotton's interviewer on television.
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Director Cameo 

Wes Craven: Man in the background at the hospital.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Usually when making a movie, when an actor or actress is heard on-screen, but not seen, such as a voice on a telephone, the actor or actress records his or her part during post-production, which takes place after the completion of principal photography. However, director Wes Craven had Roger Jackson (The Voice) on-set and actually speaking to on-screen actors and actresses by practical, not merely prop, telephone in order to create reality and fear for them. When Jackson was on-set, he was kept out of sight of the other actors and actresses so they could not put a friendly face to The Voice. Jackson said that the actors and actresses were intimidated by him, and would not talk to him any more than was absolutely necessary, with the exception of Sarah Michelle Gellar, who would converse amiably with him on the telephone between takes.
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According to a rumor, the identity of Ghostface was changed after the original script was leaked on the internet, it was Derek (Jerry O'Connell) and Hallie (Elise Neal) in the original ending. This was referenced in Scream 3 (2000), where all of the actors and actresses on "Stab 3" were kept in the dark about the script for this reason.
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According to Wes Craven, it was Duane Martin's idea to leave after Randy's (Jamie Kennedy's) murder, to make it more realistic.
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One of the extras leaked the script to the internet (one of the first major film leaks ever). As a result, the script was almost entirely re-written, with pages often being completed the day they were to be filmed. Security was tightened, with everyone required to sign non-disclosure agreements, and underwent many re-shoots. The script was reprinted on specialty paper to prevent photocopying, and was often destroyed after use. Additionally, Mickey (Timothy Olyphant) was killed by the two Ghostfaces in the original script.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar did a few of her stunts on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), but when director Wes Craven told her she was going to be thrown off a three-story balcony, she was hesitant at first, but ended up doing it.
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After the first draft of the script was leaked on the internet, several changes had to be made and characters were fully re-written. Dewey (David Arquette) had originally transferred himself from Woodsboro Police to the security staff on campus, so he could be close to Sidney (Neve Campbell) and keep her safe. Randy (Jamie Kennedy) was originally Gale's (Courteney Cox's) new cameraman and Joel (Duane Martin) was a med student and friends with Sidney. Derek (Jerry O'Connell) was the film student shooting a documentary who walked around with a camera, not Mickey (Timothy Olyphant). Debbie Salt (Laurie Metcalf) was more aggressive and bitchy, as in one scene, she asks Sidney if she "finally snapped and if she's the one doing the killings", being punched in the face by Gale as a result. The scene in which Sidney slaps Gale never happens. Mickey was the one who sang in the cafeteria (to Hallie (Elise Neal), not Sidney) and a different song ("I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston). The killers were Derek (Jerry O'Connell), Hallie, and Debbie Salt (Mrs. Loomis). Loomis ends up shooting Derek and Hallie, but then gets stabbed by Cotton (Liev Schreiber) before she can shoot Sidney and Gale. Cotton suddenly has a change of heart and decides to get even on both Sidney and Gale as he consider them responsible for ruining his life. He stabs and kills Gale, and then runs after Sidney. Kevin Williamson stopped the writing there, but left some notes in the script "That's all I've written so far" and then describes in a few words how the story was supposed to end. Cotton and Sidney would eventually stab each other and die lying side by side. At that point, Williamson probably intended to end the franchise with this movie.
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The film originally ended with a shot of another Ghostface watching over from the campus' bell tower.
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In the original ending, before the script was re-written, Gale (Courteney Cox) got killed by Cotton (Liev Schreiber), and Sidney (Neve Campbell) and Cotton fight to the death, and it's possible Dewey (David Arquette) died from his injuries in the projection room.
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Eager to avoid the problems with censorship that Scream (1996) had, director Wes Craven attempted to manipulate the MPAA by sending them a version of the film that had been edited to focus on and enhance the gore and violence present beyond what they actually wanted in the film, including re-using a clip of Omar Epps' character being stabbed in the ear three times, instead of only once as seen in the final film, and an extended scene of Randy Meeks' (Jamie Kennedy's) death that showed his throat being slashed. Craven's reasoning was that the parts of the film they wished to keep would be more acceptable when viewed with the enhanced violence, and so the MPAA would force them to remove the footage they already did not want to keep, while passing the content they did want. However, the MPAA granted this movie an R-rating for the more violent cut, as they believed the underlying message of the film was significant enough to warrant the violence.
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In a 2018 interview Jada Pinkett Smith revealed that she was determined to make her on-screen death one for the record books. "I remember saying to the director at the time, 'I want to die the most horrific death that has ever happened in a horror film,'" recalled Jada on an episode of PeopleTV's Couch Surfing. "'I want it to be long and excruciating'", Smith told host Lola Ogunnaike. "And he's like, 'Cool.'" Of course, the director in question was maestro macabre Wes Craven, so perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that Smith's request was honored in epic fashion.
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Earlier scripts had the character of Joel (Duane Martin) getting killed.
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A leaked version of the script prior to filming ended with the killers being Derek and Hallie. This script is still widely available and frequently noted in the movie's trivia. However, screenwriter Kevin Williamson revealed in 2017 that the leaked script contains a "dummy" ending specifically because they were worried about leaks. The Derek and Hallie ending was available to cast and crew prior to shooting but was always intended to be switched out for a different ending.
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In the DVD commentary, Wes Craven likens Mickey (Timothy Olyphant) to Iago from the William Shakespeare story Othello, both characters deftly cast suspicion.
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(At around thirty-six minutes) Cotton's dog (terrier) is led by a co-ed in front of the crowd that goes to investigate, after news of Cici's murder.
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The original script read-through that featured Derek and Hallie as the Ghostfaces had Sisters Murphy and Lois being the final act bloodbath murders. In the final re-written script, both girls feature as self serving antagonistic co-eds, and Hallie ultimately is killed by the Mickey Ghostface, who in the original script, she and Derek kill.
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When the camera pans over Randy's dead body in the news van, you can see a red lipstick print on his hand between his index finger and thumb. This gives away that his killer was a woman early on.
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During the scene where Gale is defending Dewey to Debbie and the other reporters, she states "Dewey is one of the good guys, unlike some of us." Miss Weathers is giving away the ending by pointing out one of them (Debbie Salt) is not one of the good guys.
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