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Courteney Cox reveals that a shocking Scream murder was ‘scrapped’ by producers

Courteney Cox has talked about a proposed Scream assassination that changed almost the entire course of the franchise.

The actress, 57, told Pedestrian TV that one of the stars of the horror hit from 1996 had to be killed in the first film - before they realized how popular the character would become.

"There was a time I think it was in the first Scream where David's character Dewey would be killed," the Friends star explained.

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Near miss: Courteney Cox (pictured) has opened up about a proposed Scream murder that nearly changed the course of the franchise

Near miss: Courteney Cox (pictured) has opened up about a proposed Scream murder that nearly changed the course of the franchise

"Then they saw how he came across and people loved him, so they scrapped it," she added of David, who went on to star in the film's four subsequent sequels.

After meeting on the set of the slasher classic, Courteney and David eventually married before divorcing after 14 years of marriage.

David recently recalled how the late director Wes Craven, who died of a brain tumor in 2015, had a 'real impact' on his relationship with Courteney.

David, who stars as Dewey Riley, fell in love with the screen in Courteney, who took on the role of Gale Weathers, thanks to Craven, who created a romance for the characters.

Good memories: David recently recalled how the late director Wes Craven, who died of a brain tumor in 2015, had a 'real impact' on his relationship with Courteney;  set in 2010

Good memories: David recently recalled how the late director Wes Craven, who died of a brain tumor in 2015, had a 'real impact' on his relationship with Courteney; set in 2010

"We had a real impact," he told PEOPLE. '[He was] like, "David, you know she likes you and you really should collect your stuff." He gave me a real man-to-man talk, and it had an impact on the course of my life. '

David and Courteney were married in 1999, almost two years after the first Scream movie was released, and welcomed a daughter, Coco, in 2004.

In October 2010, they announced their separation and ended their divorce in 2013. They are excited to work together again on familiar roles with friends.

RIP: The famous director also created the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and was known for his slasher movies.  He died of a brain tumor in 2015;  set in 2010

RIP: The famous director also created the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and was known for his slasher movies. He died of a brain tumor in 2015; set in 2010

"Wes had a real impact," said David PEOPLE (seen in 1996). '[He was] like, "David, you know she likes you and you really should collect your stuff." He gave me a real man-to-man talk, and it had an impact on the course of my life. '

"I was just really excited to play a character who was really, I think, bitchy and over the top and yet grounded in some ways," Courteney said. "Because Monica is so cute."

David remembered that he was thrilled to first meet Courteney decades ago when filming began.

"I was a fan of her," he admitted, before adding the rest of the cast, "everyone was really sweet, so it was a great time."

He first auditioned for the role of Billy Loomis, but felt more suited to Dewey, who would continue to be sheriff of Westboro, California, after Ghostface terrorized society.

"I was just really excited to play a character who was really, I think, bitchy and over the top and yet grounded in some ways," Courteney said. 'Because Monica is so cute'

'I thought I thought I would be better for Dewey. And I brought it up for Wes, and he said, "Hey, that's very interesting," David said. And thank God he had an open mind about it. I still love playing this guy and fans still love him. '

Neve Campbell needed a little more reassurance to attend the fifth film and told Entertainment Weekly in October that she was hesitant to work without the deceased director.

"I was really in two minds," she said. "The idea of ​​making these films without Wes Craven seemed challenging to me. I loved the man very much.

"But Matt (Bettinelli-Olpin) and Tyler (Gillett) wrote me a letter talking about their appreciation and great respect for Wes Craven, and talking about the fact that the very reason they are instructors today, was because of these movies and because of Wes, and that meant a lot to me. '

Neve Campbell needed a little more reassurance to attend the fifth film and told Entertainment Weekly in October that she was hesitant to work without the deceased director;  set in Scream 2

Neve Campbell needed a little more reassurance to attend the fifth film and told Entertainment Weekly in October that she was hesitant to work without the deceased director; set in Scream 2

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