MTV has long ceased to be the Music Television Channel it was when it launched. After delving into reality television, it's now turning its attention to scripted shows. “Scream” is now in the pipeline.
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“Ghostface is taking his reign of terror to the small screen. MTV is developing a weekly series based on the Scream film franchise, sources confirm,” the television-focused e-zine writes.
No word yet on whether any of those involved in the original projects would be involved, but odds are it's best not to hold your breath for that one.
“Former MTV execs Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who are shepherding the project under their DiGa production shingle, are on the hunt for a writer to pen the pilot,” TV Line says.
“It’s unclear what role, if any, Scream auteurs Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven will have in the potential series. […] Reality-obsessed MTV has found success on the scripted side with hits Teen Wolf and Awkward,” notes the same media outlet.
The “Scream” franchise was once the most successful horror franchise in Hollywood, but most of its appeal wore off in time, as evidenced by the fourth recent film, which was a box office disappointment, despite the fact that it brought back together the stars of the first one.
Once “Scream 4” proved to be a flop, all talk of a fifth film, which had been going on before the release, stopped.
In other words, if anyone on “Scream” still wants to make a buck off it, television is perhaps the realm to make it happen because another feature film will most likely not come out ever again.
Even so, MTV faces quite a challenge in bringing “Scream” to the small screen for an obvious reason: most of the leads die in the end.
Options would include either having just one kill of the week and killing off a major character after a few episodes, or constantly bringing in new faces to be killed off at the end of each episode.
Audiences wouldn't be able to relate with the show in case of the latter, so the former option seems likely.
For the time being, though, MTV hasn't even announced the new series.