Scream Writer reminds fans of Randy’s death
Scream writer Kevin Williamson reminds fans that Jamie Kennedy’s Randy Meeks is dead, though he appreciates fan theories about his survival.
Scream Screenwriter Kevin Williamson has reaffirmed that Jamie Kennedy’s fan favorite character Randy Meeks is in fact dead after becoming one of Ghostface’s unfortunate victims in scream 2.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Williamson was asked about Scream fans who theorize that some characters may have survived their fatal encounters with Ghostface. “It happened, where people are like, ‘Well, are they really dead? Do they have to be dead?'” He said. Williamson seems to enjoy these theories because they just mean that the character really touched audiences.
“I think after the sequel, after scream 2, I remember people took [Randy’s death] very difficult because at the time he was a beloved character, which for me is what drives the franchise forward is that it’s real, ”added Williamson. “If you kill someone you really love, it makes it personal to people. . I remember people saying, “He’s not really dead, is he? He’s not really dead. He survived, didn’t he? When asked to confirm if Randy had really been killed in scream 2, the screenwriter said, “Yeah, he’s dead. He’s the [fan theory] that’s really what I get the most. “
Randy, a horror movie geek who is an expert on all the “rules” of the slasher genre, managed to survive the Woodsboro murders in the first Scream, despite being injured during the film’s climax. However, he wasn’t so lucky in the sequel, with Ghostface dragging Randy into a news van and stabbing him multiple times. Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) later discover Randy’s bloody corpse. The beloved character then made a cameo appearance in scream 3 as part of a video message he pre-recorded for Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) to warn him of the possibility of another killing spree (although Williamson did not write the script for the trio).
At one point it was rumored that Randy would return from the dead for the 2011s. Scream 4, but Williamson shot down the speculation ahead of the movie’s release. “We are not this movie. We are not this universe where you can bring people back from the dead. It would only be a cheat,” he said at the time. Williamson added, “I would love nothing more than to have Jamie Kennedy in the movie. However, to have Randy in the movie you kind of just have to do it… I mean scream 2 was a lie, you know? It is a false move. So I won’t. I can not do that.”
Fortunately, Scream lead cast Arquette, Campbell and Cox, who have survived four killings so far, are all returning for next year’s sequel / reboot, also titled Scream. Williamson – who wrote Scream, scream 2 and Scream 4 – entrusted the writing tasks to James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not) for the fifth installment, but he is the executive producer of the film.
Scream hits theaters on January 14, 2022.
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