Back in 1996 the horror genre was given a much needed face-lift when Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven‘s teamed up to give the world Scream. Telling the story of high school student Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) who becomes the unwilling target of a mysterious killer, Scream was so special as it offered a fresh take on the slasher sub-genre by featuring characters who openly discussed the horror film cliches only to fall prey to them.
It has been all of eighteen years since Scream was released, spawing three sequels. So, following the current trend of adapting movies into a television series it has been announced that MTV have picked up the rights to develop Scream into a TV series.
Details about the show have been kept under wraps but horror website Bloody Disgusting had the exclusive and were told that Wes Craven will be stepping on board to direct the pilot this summer from a screenplay written by Jill Blotevogel which intrigues us as she wrote the excellent slasher series Harper’s Island.
As Jamie Kennedy famously said in the original film “there are certain rules that one must successfully abide by if they want to survive a horror movie.” It would appear that these rules will be at the heart of the new series and the pilot explores a YouTube video that has gone viral and causes problems for the protagonist, Audrey, who is caught in the middle of murder and the town’s troubled past.
But speaking of rules here are a few examples of what to do if you ever find yourself caught at a loose end…
Scream the TV series goes into production this Summer. There is no news about casting just yet but we’ll certainly keep you in the loop.