The coolest news I heard this week initially started as a piece of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news. You see, I don’t think I have ever been as excited for a movie to be released as I am for Scream 4. I’m completely serious. The Scream films (well, Scream and Scream 2) defined my adolescence and made me fall in love with horror movies, and they have solidified a spot in my heart as some of the most nostalgic movies of my life. With that being said, I have obsessively traced the production of Scream 4 in anticipation of the film’s release. I learned this week that production was back in progress and that a few scenes needed to be re-shot. DUN DUN DUNNN. The dreaded word: re-shoot. This typically means that a film is in turmoil, and my heart sunk when I heard that Scream 4 was associated with the r-word. But then… news came in that the re-shoot involved one of my favorite working actresses: Alison Brie of NBC’s Community. And then, director Wes Craven announced that the re-shoot was being done because a spectacular opportunity came up, and it had to be seized. Suddenly, so much positive energy was surrounding this re-shoot, and the whole situation turned from bleak to extremely promising. Judging by my extensive, repetitive viewing of the Scream 4 trailer, Brie’s character is attacked by Ghostface in a parking garage. What appears to be an already nifty scene is now looking like it may be phenomenal, due to whatever fantastic opportunity arose. According to Wes Craven, he was told by studio head Bob Weinstein, “You go to your dark side, and I’ll give you the money.” How awesome. It could be me just being optimistic, but I’m hoping for a bloody good time on April 15 when the film finally opens and Alison Brie’s big scene is revealed.

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