I knew from the beginning who the killer was going to be. Whether it was me or somebody else
…jokes Hayden Panettiere to Zap2it.
The ending was definitely kept from us for a little while. They were writing it and rewriting it and playing around with it so we had an idea, a general idea of it but it was subject to change.
I don't know the official tally, but I've got to imagine the death count in this is significantly higher than the others
reveals Adam Brody to E! Online. In this interview, Brody also said that Kevin Williamson´s original concept for the script was maintained from top to bottom:
I have known who the killer is and it has stayed the same. From the script I read [at the beginning] to now, the killer has stayed the same.
The good humor on set and about the script changes and secrecy was contagious, as Anthony Anderson added:
I don't know if they didn't trust me with the script, but they never gave me the script with the ending. (…) New decade, new rules baby, the black guy doesn't die first anymore.
But to Emma Roberts, the history changed a little bit:
I read the whole thing. They had me go to Wes Craven´s house and read it, which was kind of intimidating, and then I auditioned and I got the part. Whenever you sign on to things you're always getting new pages because you know, reading a script is one thing but making it come to life with all these different people that don't know each other — or some do and some don't — it's like you kind of need to do some tweaks to fit everyone's relationships. It was all pretty normal stuff. It was nothing too crazy at all. My part never changed drastically, just the words.
Some words from the master, Wes Craven
I’m very pleased with the movie and how the script turned out. It was a result of Kevin’s master script and Ehren (Kruger) did a decent amount of work on specific scenes. I wrote sections of the film myself, but it’s very much Kevin’s concept and over-arching framework of the film.
In some ways it’s a Wes Craven film, and in way it’s not entirely, because it’s not a script I have control of. It’s ultimately controlled by what the studio wants in the script. My job is much more bringing whatever experience and expertise and creativity I can”. He pauses. “Look, there was a bumpy period when things shifted over from Kevin to Ehren. I signed up to do a script by Kevin and unfortunately that didn’t go all the way through the shooting. But it certainly is Kevin’s script and concept and ideas and themes.
(Total Film Magazine)