Scream is an American horror slasher film series created in 1996 by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven features a large cast of actors and actresses. The main star of the films is Canadian actress Neve Campbell who played the heroine Sidney Prescott who is accompanied by ambitious news reporter Gale Weathers, played by Courteney Cox, and the protective Dewey Riley, played by David Arquette, who appear in all four Scream films. The characters are accompanied by film-geek Randy Meeks, played by Jamie Kennedy, in the first two films and Cotton Weary, played by Liev Schreiber, in Scream 2 and Scream 3. The series consists of four films, Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000) and most recently Scream 4 (2011), with all of the films being directed by Wes Craven and scored by Marco Beltrami. Kevin Williamson wrote Scream, Scream 2 and Scream 4 but scheduling commitments meant he could provide only notes for Scream 3, with writing duties instead helmed by Ehren Kruger.