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Mark H. Harris

Scream TV Show in the Works

By June 6, 2012

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Another week, another horror/suspense movie being adapted into a TV show. With upcoming series being based on The Exorcist, Hellraiser, Psycho, Dracula and the Silence of the Lambs franchise (two shows for that one), now there's word that MTV is developing a series based on the popular Scream films. TV Line has few details at this early stage -- a pilot hasn't even been written yet -- including the extent of involvement (or lack thereof) of original writer Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven, but you have to wonder if, given the disappointing performance of Scream 4, plans for a fifth and sixth movie will be scrapped in favor of the small screen.

Given the franchise's hip, youth-skewed slasher format, this seems like a natural fit for MTV, but then again, a format in which main characters routinely get killed and in which there's an ongoing search for the identity of a mystery killer would also seem to have a short shelf life. Indeed, the recent slasher series Harper's Island lasted only one season -- by design. One route MTV could take is that of the Friday the 13th TV show from the late '80s, which just borrowed the marketable brand name and slapped it on a storyline completely separate from the movie franchise of the same name. MTV has some experience in this area, as its current hit Teen Wolf is a virtually unrecognizable adaptation of the film upon which it is based. Whatever the strategy, it will be interesting to see how Scream the TV series plays out.

Source: TV Line


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