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Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson's Scream franchise headed to the small screen via MTV

06.04.2012

With the recent success of their film-to-TV adaptations Teen Wolf, MTV is apparently moving forward with a scripted series based on the Kevin Williamson/Wes Craven horror franchise, SCREAM.

What's that?  You didn't ask for it?  Oh.  Well, you're going to get it anyway.  Former MTV execs Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley are developing the series, which currently is in the very early stages with no writer or cast attached.  It's unclear whether Williamson or Craven would be involved at all, but somehow I doubt it. 

I don't see this as a terrible idea, but more like an idea at the wrong network.  The SCREAM series has been a relatively hardcore, R-rated slasher series and I'm not sure that the demographic for The Real World and 16 and Pregnant is the same for a SCREAM TV series.  After the phenomenal success of American Horror Story on FX, I think that a mature-rated horror TV show can be done and done well, but I think it comes down to where it's being played. 

MTV caters to a specific audience and one may argue that that same audience is the one which has made the SCREAM franchise as successful as it is.  However, I'm not sure that the integrity and style of the films could accurately be translated to the network.  Surely, we'd get a much more watered-down, "teen issues" heavy horror soap opera and not the tongue-in-cheek, twisted-psyche, entrail-spewing slashfest that the series has been known for.

What do you think?  Is MTV the right network for this or is it just a bad idea all around?

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Extra Tidbit: I recently saw Scream 4 and was surprised by Emma Roberts, who kind of rocked it. All in all, the Scream movies are great movies to...well, scream at.
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11:18AM on 06/05/2012

Pump the Breaks

They dragged out the ending in Scream 4. They movie was doing just fine and then we got to that long and drawn out ending. It was like the movie cannibalized itself. Emma Roberts wasn't convincing and Rory Culkin...the movie genius he was supposed to be should have known he had it coming. MTV is garbage. I would rather watch an Uwe Boll movie marathon.
They dragged out the ending in Scream 4. They movie was doing just fine and then we got to that long and drawn out ending. It was like the movie cannibalized itself. Emma Roberts wasn't convincing and Rory Culkin...the movie genius he was supposed to be should have known he had it coming. MTV is garbage. I would rather watch an Uwe Boll movie marathon.
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6:49PM on 06/04/2012
well this could be a good shot of adrenaline that the movies need. Let's face it the 4th film was pretty sub-par. Not sure about MTV doing it though. I think they do have a good eye for horror, just look at Death Valley for an example. Guess we'll see.
well this could be a good shot of adrenaline that the movies need. Let's face it the 4th film was pretty sub-par. Not sure about MTV doing it though. I think they do have a good eye for horror, just look at Death Valley for an example. Guess we'll see.
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6:07PM on 06/04/2012
FUCK MTV!!! I could see this working on HBO, or FX or even AMC! but fuck mtv!
FUCK MTV!!! I could see this working on HBO, or FX or even AMC! but fuck mtv!
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5:49PM on 06/04/2012
I'm not against a TV series, but I agree that MTV is absolutely the wrong network to try it.
I'm not against a TV series, but I agree that MTV is absolutely the wrong network to try it.
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5:06PM on 06/04/2012
I had a hearty chuckle when I saw that Real World photo, hahaha.
I had a hearty chuckle when I saw that Real World photo, hahaha.
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5:03PM on 06/04/2012

Meh

The Scream movies annoy me and so does MTV. I guess this is meant to be.
The Scream movies annoy me and so does MTV. I guess this is meant to be.
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4:21PM on 06/04/2012

I saw Scream in the theater in1996

It felt incredibly original, smart and fresh and everybody was talking about clever twist ending. It was the little movie that could and it was exciting to see word of mouth spread. Way drive this into the ground guys.
It felt incredibly original, smart and fresh and everybody was talking about clever twist ending. It was the little movie that could and it was exciting to see word of mouth spread. Way drive this into the ground guys.
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3:13PM on 06/04/2012
It seems only natural, given that there's still an audience for Scream and that any future films are in a bind on account of sour relationships between Williamson and the producers. But I wouldn't say this is a good thing.

I love the Scream series and I'm looking forward to 5 and 6, but MTV? As predictably awful as every other teen-centered show on that station and ABC Family and the like, I can't imagine there's much doubt in how bad it'll turn out. Maybe I'm just unimaginative, but I can
It seems only natural, given that there's still an audience for Scream and that any future films are in a bind on account of sour relationships between Williamson and the producers. But I wouldn't say this is a good thing.

I love the Scream series and I'm looking forward to 5 and 6, but MTV? As predictably awful as every other teen-centered show on that station and ABC Family and the like, I can't imagine there's much doubt in how bad it'll turn out. Maybe I'm just unimaginative, but I can imagine how the formula for Scream could translate well into teenage soap.

I do agree, though, if it's going to be made regardless, that FX or someone with a pair of balls got ahold of this. I think MTV is just getting so used to churning out garbage that the question of whether it'll be good or bad hasn't even entered their brains, unfortunately.
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3:10PM on 06/04/2012
Double post..
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3:05PM on 06/04/2012

Actually

Teen Wolf is surprisingly enjoyable. I'm curious to see how this will work out. Scream COULd work as a TV series, hell it could even work with Ghostface running around a REAL WORLD type house, because surely that fits perfectly into the ironic, self-referential slight of the movies?
Plus it totally worked for Dead Set, the awesome show with zombies in the Big Brother house.
Teen Wolf is surprisingly enjoyable. I'm curious to see how this will work out. Scream COULd work as a TV series, hell it could even work with Ghostface running around a REAL WORLD type house, because surely that fits perfectly into the ironic, self-referential slight of the movies?
Plus it totally worked for Dead Set, the awesome show with zombies in the Big Brother house.
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6:51PM on 06/04/2012
Death Valley is also a good show on MTV that shows they might be able to pull it off.
Death Valley is also a good show on MTV that shows they might be able to pull it off.
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