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Get ready for more Scream.
MTV has ordered to series the long-in-the-works small-screen reboot of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson‘s horror film franchise, it was announced Tuesday. The 10-episode series will premiere on the network in October 2015, just in time for Halloween.
MTV took to social media to make the announcement, tweeting a cryptic message to its followers with a simple phone number. When the number is dialed, a male voice inquires, “Do you like scary TV?” before announcing the show’s official premiere.
The one-hour project, officially put into development last spring, stars Willa Fitzgerald as Emma Duvall, Bex Taylor Klaus as Audrey, John Karna as Noah Foster, Connor Weil as Will, Amadeus Serafini as Kieran Wilcox, Carlson Young as Brooke Maddox, Tracey Middendorf as Maggie and Joel Gretsch as Sheriff Clark Hudson. The Scream series join MTV’s current scripted offerings Teen Wolf (also adapted from a film franchise), Awkward, Faking It, Finding Carter and Happyland, as well as the upcoming Victoria Justice drama Eye Candy.
Jamie Travis (Faking It) directed the pilot, which hails from Dimension Films and The Weinstein Co. Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds, Revenge) penned the original script, with Jill Blotevogel (Harper’s Island, Ravenswood) executive producing and serving as showrunner.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein will executive produce alongside Craven, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad, all of whom served in the same capacity on the original franchise. Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who originally brought the Scream project to MTV in 2012, also exec produce via their DiGa banner. Matthew Signer and Keith Levine are producers. Williamson, who has three shows on the air (Stalker, The Following, The Vampire Diaries), is not involved.
The first Scream movie starred Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, a high school student who becomes the target of a killer known as Ghostface. FunWorld’s R.J. Torbert, who holds the rights to the Ghostface character, which is closely linked with the franchise, indicated recently he currently is not involved with the series, writing on Ghostface.co.UK: “GHOST FACE® is not involved in the new format … it does not mean, that Ghost Face® will not be involved at a later date. So, there is still a question, to the question. However, as of now, there is no involvement.”
On the development side, MTV is readying comedy Ken Jeong Made Me Do It and dark comedy Self-Promotion, to be directed by Zach Braff.
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