'Scream' Turns 20: Drew Barrymore Chose to Die in the Opening Scene Rather Than Star

The horror film turns 20.

And though her screen time was limited, it was the part she wanted, writer Kevin Williamson told “Entertainment Tonight.”

Back in 1996, Barrymore gushed to “ET” that the scene in which she starred was “one of the best-written scenes I’ve ever read,” calling it “a masterpiece.”

“Now without Wes, I feel like you have to sort of answer the questions of how and why,” he said, “and I don’t know how to do it without Wes, and I don’t know why to do it.”