MTV recently announced it’s green lite the development of a television series based on the horror franchise Scream. The word is that MTV is in talks to bring Horror Master Wes Craven into the production to direct the pilot episode. You can check out the portion of the MTV press release below.
NEW YORK, NY (April 25, 2013) – MTV announced today a pilot greenlight based on the hugely successful horror film franchise “Scream” with Dimension Films for MTV, plus the addition of three new series to its diverse programming slate, including “Generation Cryo,” “Nurse Nation” and “The Hook Up,” at its annual Upfront Presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. In addition, the network announced the season three renewal of “Snooki & JWOWW” and highlighted an impressive programming slate of 15 returning hits. MTV is a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
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.
What do you think? Has it got a snow balls chance in hell of snagging Craven or getting past one season? I have to say the first thought that comes into my mind when I heard was:
“Oh great, it’ll be like Scary Movie and not Scream by the time MTV gets done with it.”
Do you have any faith in this project? Without Craven in at least an advisory role it’s got no chance to recapture that original magic. Although these days, a horror show on television has a much better chance of making it, look at Bates Motel and Hannibal. Peel back that one layer of psychological thriller and you’ve got a horror story.