The film, which spawned three sequels of varying quality, was an attempt to make light of the cliches of the slasher/horror genre (though I found that it largely fell victim to those same cliches itself). It involves a masked killer (a mask assumed by someone different in each film) who kills a group of kids while following the established pattern of the slasher film, a fact which is endlessly pointed out by the ‘horror geek’ character.
MTV is hoping to have it on the air in the summer of 2014. They haven’t picked a writer, but are courting Wes Craven (director of the original) to direct the pilot.
A few horror films have tried to make the transition to TV, but I don’t think it’s nearly prevalent enough to call it a cliche. More importantly, is the premise of a guy in a mask killing people in predictable ways really deep enough to carry a series?
Here’s the the official word from the press release. I’m including only a section of it so you don’t have to dig through all their reality show announcements:
MTV and Dimension Film’s one-hour pilot will reinvent the successful horror comedy franchise that spawned three sequels and unleashed “Ghostface” to a legion of unsuspecting fans. MTV and Dimension Films are in discussions with various writers for the potential series which would be slated for a summer 2014 debut on the network. Dimension Films is in discussions with the films’ original director and renowned filmmaker Wes Craven to direct the one-hour pilot. DiGa Vision will serve as a producer.