By Jeff Labrecque
October 18, 2010 at 03:14 PM EDT

Scream 4 director Wes Craven was surprised by reports that Courteney Cox and David Arquette were separating, according to E!. At the Spike TV Scream Awards, the director said, “We didn’t have any idea that was going on,” during filming. The couple, who fell in love on the set of the original Scream, had apparently demonstrated no marital strain during production of the sequel, which is due in April. “It’s very sad,” said Craven. “I just about cried when I heard. It’s a wrenching thing to happen to anybody that you love.”