For under two decades know, Wes Craven’s Scream franchise has poked fun at the horror genre while slashing up its own set of rules and body count. While there’s still no word on a Scream 5, the pop culture phenomenon didn’t exactly have the same kick the last time around, making a fifth installment questionable if anything. While we have no clue just when we’ll see the series again, it seems MTV wants to make a mark as they are now in early development on a possible Scream TV series.
TV Line confirmed the news last night at the MTV Movie Awards, as MTV is currently looking for a scribe to pen the pilot episode. Former executives for the network Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley are producing, while it’s unclear if Wes Craven or original scribe Kevin Williamson are involved what so ever.
Williamson is busy with both The Vampire Diaries and his upcoming new FOX series The Following, and could hypothetically write the pilot only. However, Williamson has gone on record as saying he has no clue what’s going on with the Scream franchise, even going as far as to state that he wouldn’t be writing a fifth film. It’s possible that Williamson and Craven could return for the pilot only and still retain EP credits for the show, but that’s remaining hopeful at best.
Ultimately, what MTV is trying to do is turn a famous film property into a hit series much in the way that Teen Wolfworked out fantastically for them last year. Scream could continue MTV’s recent string of scripted successes, as besides the supernatural teen drama the network found a hit in fellow freshman comedy Awkward as well.
With Woodsboro and the high school likely to be a prime focus, the series could stretch out the mystery of Ghost Face for an entire season, racking up the body count in the process. But just who would play heroine Sidney Prescott? Or even rule-obsessed Randy Meeks? Could there be a different killer behind the mask rather than Billy Loomis?
We’ll keep you updated as development progresses.