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Looks like Wes Craven's 'Scream 4' needs to make a couple more millions at the box office when it opens - the Weinstein Co. just paid to settle a lawsuit filed by longtime producer Cathy Konrad. Konrad claimed that she was instrumental in the development of the 'Scream' franchise, and was entitled to the first opportunity to produce any sequels on the same terms as 'Scream 3', for which she received over $650,000 (for both producing and bonuses for hitting certain box office goals).
Konrad also alleged that not only was the franchise "restart" developed behind her back, but that she was unceremoniously removed from the franchise to lower costs and to hire Craven's wife instead (an allegation that the Weinsteins' attorney denied at the time). Exact terms of the settlement have not been reported, but it's rumored to be a cash payment as well as a small take of the back end of the film.
As is often the case in legal disputes, settling the case out of court doesn't necessarily indicate guilt - the Weinstein's could have simply decided to pay Konrad a small token rather than drag out the proceedings and open their film with a potentially damaging lawsuit hanging over their heads, Or, they could be completely in the wrong on this one and the settlement is essentially "hush money" to prevent bad press.
'Scream 4', starring a new cast of nubile knife-fodder as well as the return of Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette opens in theaters on April 15th.