MTV Takes a Stab At a ‘Scream’ TV Series

The film franchise may find new life on television.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

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On the heels of the continued success of "Teen Wolf," MTV may be eyeing a potential companion series based on the Scream feature film franchise created by screenwriter Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven.

According to TVLine, former MTV executives Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley are developing "Scream" for television, but they have not yet hired a screenwriter to pen adaptation. It's also not clear if Williamson or Craven will be involved in any meaningful way, but it's not likely.

The original Scream film debuted in 1996 and followed Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott as she was stalked by a dangerous masked killer using the Ghostface costume and persona. Cambell returned for three Scream sequels alongside returning cast members Courteney Cox, and David Arquette; with a different killer or killers under Ghostface's mask in each movie.

However, Scream 4 was released last year to dismal box office returns which suggests that the franchise has been played out. But that doesn't necessarily mean that "Scream" won't work on television. If a "Scream" TV series takes a "Harper's Island" approach and assembles a large cast, it can afford to kill off several characters during the course of a season. It would also be a smart move to readdress the rules of surviving a horror story through the lens of television rather than relying on the movie rules laid out in the Scream films.


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