MTV and the Weinsteins’ Dimension TV have hired Jamie Travis to direct the pilot for their anticipated Scream TV series, as well as filling out the main cast.
Jamie Travis (For A Good Time Call) was hired to helm behind the camera for MTV’s Scream TV series. This isn’t the first time Travis has been housed at MTV, he was behind many episodes of another MTV series, Faking It. Unlike the movies which pulled in some of the most recognizable faces around, MTV is filling out their cast without the advantage of household names in the cast. Willa Fitzgerald (Alpha House), Amy Forsyth (Torment), John Karna (Bindlestiffs), Carlson Young (Key & Peele, Kroll Show) and Amadeus Serafini are set for key roles. You can already see that they are sticking with very young and/or up-and-comers, sticking very closely to the tropes of the original film (and Scream 4 for that matter).
Susanne Daniels, President of Programming for MTV said of the new horror series:
“We are excited to be in business with the formidable Weinstein brothers…Scream is an iconic franchise, and MTV is the perfect network to bring this consistently surprising film to life on television.”
MTV announced a pilot order to a series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise with Dimension TV in May 2013. Jill Blotevogel (Harper’s Island, Ravenswood) is executive producer and will also act as showrunner. Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds, The Event, and Revenge) wrote the original script. Original Scream vets, Bob and Harvey Weinstein along with the Wes Craven will act as executive producers as well.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, said:
“‘Scream’ has been one of our largest and most treasured franchises at Dimension and we are thrilled to embark on the next chapter and join forces with a network that we love. I am so pleased to be working with Susanne Daniels to bring this ground-breaking franchise to MTV and continue its history.”
Here are the official character descriptions for the new cast:
Willa Fitzgerald as EMMA DUVAL: A classic beauty whose looks and popularity hide a natural shyness and intellectual nature. Her new life with the “in crowd” leaves her estranged her from childhood best friend Audrey.
Amy Forsyth as AUDREY JENSEN: The daughter of a Lutheran pastor, Audrey is an artsy loner who aspires to be a filmmaker.
John Karna as NOAH FOSTER: Creative computer genius with a vast knowledge of pop culture and the tech world. Best friends with Audrey.
Carlson Young as BROOKE MADDOX: Charismatic leader of the popular crew whose personality vacillates between bubbly sweetness and ferocious sex appeal.
Amadeus Serafini as KIERAN WILCOX: The mysterious new kid in town, Kieran’s got a dark side and a tough exterior that hints at experience beyond his years.
The first Scream was scripted by Kevin Williamson and released in 1996, and followed a killer who stocks a small town’s teenage inhabitants; killing them one by one, all revolving around one high-schooler in particular, Sidney Prescott. It was a prime example of a movie that combined elements of comedy, horror, and self-aware meta-film devices to create the first slasher satire of a new generation and was incredibly popular.
MTV has had huge success with their Teen Wolf adaptation and are looking to continue their continued popularity in the “high-school-centered horror” series domain. Will Scream connect with audiences in the same way? It’s still unclear how violent the series might be, but judging the violence and sex in Teen Wolf could be a good indication of the level MTV feels comfortable.
The Scream TV series has been in the works for just over a year. Will you be looking forward to seeing Ghostface reek havoc on the teenagers of Woodsboro on a weekly basis?
Images: Dimension Films