It was a bittersweet occasion that brought three of the castmates of Scream together on stage at Fan Expo this Friday. On the one hand stars Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich and the voice of Ghost Face Roger L. Jackson, came together to mark almost 40 years since the release of the first Scream movie, but celebration was shaded somewhat by the sudden passing of the franchise’s director Wes Craven just last weekend. (more…)
No matter what you may think of the Scream series of films, the Ghost Face mask became an iconic image, a frozen screech contorted into a form not unlike the classic painting “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The image looked back at us from four movies, and hundreds of Halloween racks for the last 20 years, so when a TV version of Scream was announced for MTV we all wondered if Ghost Face would make the transfer intact, if he made the transfer at all. Now, a new image from the show reveals that Ghost Face has gotten a facelift, something evocative of the original, but with a new spin. (Fashion is not my forte.) (more…)
Back in the 90’s, slasher flicks came back in a big way and the Kevin Williamson/Wes Craven masterpiece of fun, Scream, paved the way for the return of the genre. The movie was brilliant in that it was almost a poke in the eye to the genre while also becoming one of the best slasher films in years. As with anything in Hollywood, the movie generated sequels that could never quite live up to the original, though they were all fun in their own right. In 2012, MTV ordered a pilot for a small screen adaptation of the highly successful horror staple but there has been very little talk about the project since. Now, 2 years after the initial order, it appears that the Scream television series is finally making some headway and it has been announced that fans will finally see what the series will give them when it debuts in the Fall of 2015. (more…)
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. (more…)
Next time on The BastardCast, Jason and Jeremy talk about feelings, but this time… break out the pitchforks because we’re talking about Joss Whedon‘s possibly fading magic touch. Also, we have feels about the Breaking Bad finale, the possibility of Daniel Day Lewis joining the Dark Side, and the popcorn and pleasure cottage industry that is rising in Italy. (more…)
Scream 4 came out in 2011 to less than spectacular results, a fact that was both surprising (the first three movies were blockbusters) and unsurprising (but that was ten years earlier). But so confident was Dimension Films that there was still money in the franchise, they greenlit a Scream 5 before the release of number four, but two-and-a-half years later, there’s been no talk about progress on a fifth Scream, and instead there’s been a lot of talk about a Scream TV show. So where do things sit with Scream? Let’s wish upon a Weinstein for the answer…
Harvey Weinstein, while talking to a crowd attending the Zurich International Film Festival, offered some words about Scream beginning with an update on the next film, which Weinstein hopes will be the last one. “Everyone lived in Scream 4,” he told the audience. “I’m begging him to do the movie and just end it. We’ve milked that cow.”
Nice to hear a studio exec use that analogy when talking about one of his artistic properties. To be fair, not “everyone lived” in Scream 4, but I take it he referred specifically to David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, the stars of all four Scream movies. Personally, I don’t see what the point of having a grand finale Scream 5 would be, I think Scream 4 is a pretty good coda for the franchise as it is, and maybe made a little bit of a statement about trying to recapture lightning in a bottle. But then again, Scream 5 isn’t the only potential future Scream project.
Weinstein also talked about the in-development Scream series for MTV. Surprisingly, the Hollywood titan divulged that the series wouldn’t have much in common with the movies aside from the name, and instead it will deal with more supernatural happenings as opposed to real world threats like teenage slasher killers.
It makes sense, but it’s curious given the involvement of former Criminal Minds writers Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, who are writing the pilot, because serial killers are right up their alley. Still, following around a Ghost Face killer all season long is probably unsustainable for a series, even if it would be an interesting, slasher movie spin on recent acclaimed series like The Killing or Broadchurch. Either way, Wes Craven is directing the pilot with an eye for a summer 2014 debut.
Scream 5, meanwhile, has no script, stars or director.
What do you think Bastards, interested in more Scream?
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.
It seems to be a thing lately that studios are looking to upgrade/downgrade (depends on how you look at it) films to TV series – not even a week ago, it was reported that Lionsgate is thinking of doing just that.
The Scream franchise, the baby of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, will be cradle robbed and
upgraded into Cybermen translated to the small screen at some point in the future. Not many details are known besides the fact that this will probably happen and that it’ll be the love child of former MTV execs Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who are still on the lookout for someone to write the pilot.
I’ll write the pilot! Everyone dies. The end.
Chances are that’s the quality we can expect from MTV, in any case. Who the hell tunes to MTV looking for quality television?
What do you guys think? N/N?
Source: Geek Tyrant
Welcome bastards to another installment of NerdBastards’ weekly DVD Tuesday feature. We list what came out today and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS.
Today we got four movies for you to see if they are worth checking out or not. After that, the Old is New also has a list of four releases and then the TV Show DVD features everyone’s favorite moose and squirrel.
So what are you waiting for? Check what came out after the jump and see if there is something you want!
The trailer for WES CRAVEN´S SCREAM 4 premiered at the 2010 Scream Awards this past Sat. night. Since then only butt, bootleg versions of it made there way across the net. But now we have that very trailer in all it’s official glory. It’s less than sixty seconds, but there’s so much packed into that sixty seconds, it feels like a lot more. It promises sufficient scares to prove that Ghost Face (whoever he, she or they is/are these days) has still got it.
Scream 4 is directed by Wes Craven and stars stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Hayden Panettiere, Britt Robertson, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, Mary McDonnell, Aimee Teegarden, and Marielle Jaffe.
“Scream 4: The Dead Horse ” is set to hit theaters on April 15, 2011.
For more on Scream 4, check out EW’s Reunions issue, on stands now. As director Wes Craven says promisingly, “The first [Scream] was very much observing where horror had been for the last 10 to 20 years. And this is very much looking at where horror has been for the last 10 years. There’s always somebody trying to figure out what the rules are to keep from getting killed.”