MTV orders 'Psycho' telefilm

Horror movie plays off net's 'My Super Sweet 16'

MTV is doing a slasher movie.

With the network ramping up scripted efforts and teen horror continuing to perform well at the boxoffice, MTV has commissioned its first stab at the popular genre.

In "My Super Psycho Sweet 16," a privileged teen's birthday bash at a roller rink is interrupted by a serial killer. The title and concept plays off the network's reality hit "My Super Sweet 16," which chronicles the lavish birthday parties of pampered kids.

"Horror is a genre that's really popular in our audience, so this is a great opportunity to play in that space," MTV senior vp production Chris Linn said.

The movie, executive produced by Maggie Malina, already has been shot and is "pretty graphic," Linn said. The network plans to release an uncut, download-to-own version in addition to the edited telecast.

"Psycho Sweet 16" is among a trio of films the network is working on that have ties to current series.

Also greenlighted is the musical "Turn the Beat Around," about a young dancer, that ties into the reality show "America's Best Dance Crew"; it is executive produced by Tony Krantz and Steve Levitan. The network also is developing a movie version of its reality series "Made," about a band nerd who makes the cheerleading squad, executive produced by Bob Kusbit and Francis Lyons.

The strategy helps get around one of the usual network concerns about the longform format, allowing the titles to be easily promoted by an existing show rather than serving as stand-alone islands of content.

"We're looking to have much more synergy to our TV movies with other series and events so they can help support each other," Linn said.
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