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article image‘Scream’ TV pilot ordered by MTV

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 26, 2014 in Entertainment
The MTV network is working on a television pilot of Wes Craven’s horror-movie franchise “Scream” — with a view to ordering a full series.
According to Digital Spy, MTV hopes to be in a position to start airing a full series later this summer.
It is not yet known who is writing the show but, Digital Spy says, “MTV […] is believed to be in discussions with Wes Craven [with a view to his being onboard] to oversee the pilot.” It is being developed in association with Dimension Films, the production company who owns the Scream movie franchise.
As a master of horror, Wes Craven is responsible for a number of fictional creations, including Freddie Kreuger/A Nightmare on Elm Street movie franchise, The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and My Soul to Take (2010).
News of a possible television show based on the film series first emerged last year, and follows a growing trend in the US for turning successful films and movie franchises into TV series.
Some recent examples include: Hannibal, which is based on the characters from The Silence of the Lambs; Bates Motel, set when Psycho’s Norman Bates was a teenager; Fargo, based on the Coen Brothers’ 1996 film of the same name; and From Dusk Till Dawn, which recreates the themes first seen in the 1996 Quentin Tarantino film that starred George Clooney, Harvey Kietel and Tarantino himself.
As well as Scream, it has also just been announced that Friday the 13th is being turned into a TV series. Unlike the late-eighties series of the same name, however, this one will follow the exploits of the films’ supernatural slasher-killer, Jason Vorhees, and his Crystal Lake summer-camp exploits. Vorhees’s creator, Sean S Cunningham, will executive-produce.
Scream – which was released in 1996 – has, to date, spawned three sequels: Scream 2 (1997);Scream 3 (2000); and 2011’s Scre4m. All four were directed by Craven.
In 2012, the director confirmed on Twitter that there were currently no plans for a fifth installment in the series.
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