MTV Greenlights ‘Scream’ TV Pilot

Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 5.10.23 AMMTV is developing a TV series based on Wes Craven’s classic (?) horror franchise Scream.

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.



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