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MTV has enjoyed tremendous success with its series version of Teen Wolf, despite the fact that, in essence, it has precious little to do with the Michael J. Fox film of the same name. Can the cable network catch lightning in a bottle with Scream, a new show based on the Kevin Williamson-written/Wes Craven-directed franchise of the same name? Leaving that aside, it seems that Scream the series is getting closer to reality with the release of character descriptions for the main cast members and the news that Craven himself will continue his Scream-streak in the director’s chair.

Not much has been revealed about the Scream series so far, but details have started to come out. According to TV Line, the series’ pilot, which is written by Jill Blotevogel of the Pretty Little Liars’ spin-off Ravenswood,  will open with a YouTube video gong viral and a murder that is a “catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to [main character Audrey Jesen’s] town’s troubled past.” There’s no mention of Ghost Face, the masked killer who hid a rotating series of murderers over the course of four films’ but the production is promising the same kind of self-referencial window on the slasher genre that made the movie series so groundbreaking.

As for the main cast, TV Line offered the character descriptions that are currently crossing the desks of casting agents. Do you fit the bill? Let’s break it down:

* Harper Duval: A 16-year-old beauty “who’s a little too introverted and intellectual to be a social butterfly” but has nevertheless been annointed by the popular crowd to be one of their own. “She feels guilty that she has drifted away from former best friend Audrey,” but at least she’s got a Gilmore Girls-esque relationship with mom Maggie to keep her sane.

* Audrey Jesen: Haper’s former BFF is described as “the bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” who’s “more arresting-looking than pretty.” This “artsy loner” dreams of being a filmmaker and shares a close bond with tech genius Noah.

* Noah Foster: Audrey’s closest confidante is “creative, brilliant and tech-savvy enough to be the next Steve Jobs.” Lucky for him, he’s got a great sense of humor (“a la John Cusack in his teen prime”) that helps him navigate the halls of his high school. What’s more, Noah possesses “an encyclopedic knowledge of books, films, TV, apps, etc.”

* Margaret “Maggie” Duval: Harper’s mom, in her early to mid-40s, is the town’s medical examiner, “a grown-up science geek who plays down her beauty.” Maggie spends a lot of her time trying to make up for the fact that Harper’s dad abandoned them. Oh, and she’s harboring “a dark secret from her past.”

In related news, Bloody Disgusting was learned that Craven himself will direct the pilot, so there will at least be some kind of continuity behind the camera. Still, how can they turn Scream into a TV series, you’re wondering. I don’t blame you. Of course I though the same thing about The Following. Okay, bad example. How about Hannibal? Or Bates Motel? As long as it doesn’t turn into a soap opera with a central mystery that dicks the audience around for years on end, it should be, at least, interesting. Time will tell.

More news as it develops.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Category: Film, TV

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