‘Scream’ Television Series Being Developed by MTV

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 9:31 am,

Scream TV Show MTV Scream Television Series Being Developed by MTV

On the heels of of an evening that saw MTV not only bring us the MTV Movie Awards – featuring an exclusive new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises – but the season 2 premier of Teen Wolf as well. Now it is being reported that MTV is currently developing another television series based off a popular movie  – and the question is, “do you like scary movies?”

According to THR, MTV – the network famous for bringing us shows such as The Real World and Jersey Shore – is currently working on a TV series adaption of the popular horror franchise, Scream.

MTV tried its hand at movie-to-TV adaptation in 2011 with a Teen Wolf TV show, which is based off the Michael J. Fox film of the same name. The Teen Wolf television series is seen as a darker version of the film and was an instant success within the younger demographic. MTV is hoping to catch lightning in a bottle twice with the development of this Scream television series.

The first Scream film, which was directed by horror maestro Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and written by Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), was released in 1996 and tells the story of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and a group of her friends who find themselves smack dead (pun intended) in the middle of a real-life horror film, as they’re chased down by a killer known as “ghost face.” Scream, which would go on to birth 3 sequels, also featured performances by Courtney Cox (Friends), David Arquette, as well as a cameo by the one and only Drew Barrymore. After a long hiatus, the franchise returned to theaters last year with Scream 4, which had a lukewarm box office reception ($97 million on a $40 million budget).

The Cast of Scream 41 Scream Television Series Being Developed by MTV

The cast of 'Scream 4'

How Scream will play out as a TV series, and what, if any, effect it will have on the still rumored Scream 5 movie  is anyone’s guess, but with MTV’s unlimited resources and keen ability to attract countless young viewers, one cannot bet against the show being yet another hit. So now the question moves from “do you like scary movies?” to, “do you like scary television series?” For now we shall have to wait and see.

There is currently no word on when we can expect the launch of Scream on MTV, but continue to check back with Screen Rant for further details as they break.

Source: THR


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  1. FIRST!! WOO

  2. really! ive got a bad feeling about this. Scream 4 imo was really good and didnt take itself seriously so i thought they would just make another movie, i guess not.

  3. How will this work as a tv show the killer just keeps killing while no one ever finds out. That does not sound to good. Cause you know the’ll make the first couple of episodes setting up the back story and plot

  4. It might work as a mystery-type series (ala The Killing), but other than that, I can’t see it working as a TV Series.

  5. Maybe the killer will be different people throughout the series, like once one killer is defeated another takes his place. It could be an interesting show if done right, if not then it will be cheap and bland and not scary.


  7. As far as Scream 5 is concerned Kevin Williamson was answering questions on Twitter Saturday night and he said he hasn’t been approached about the movie yet in any way. I know that doesn’t mean the studio isn’t developing it or thinking about it but IMO anything Scream related without him isn’t going to be anything worth watching.
    I know he wrote the screenplays to all 4 films so some will say he’s to blame for the weak moments or entire films (Part 3) in the franchise but to those people I would recommend they read his screenplays before the studios got involved. IMO parts 2,3,4 would have all been better films if the studio didn’t change so much.
    I know this article is about a TV series but for me it’s the same thing.
    No Williamson = Me Not Watching :)

    • Kevin Williamson absolutely did not wrote the screenplay for Scream 3, Ehren Kruger did. Williamson’s idea for Scream 3 went back to Woodsboro and the studio decided to go in a different direction. Williamson used that idea for Scream 4, but still had ideas the studio didn’t agree with so they had Kruger do rewrites.
      Bottom line…don’t blame Williamson for Scream 3. Blame him for Teaching Mrs. Tingle and Dawson’s Creek…

      • You’re correct.
        I should have been more clear in my comment. Williamson did write a script but for some crazy reason the studio wanted to rewrites and brought in Kruger.
        And I didn’t blame Williamson for Scream 3. I said some do but i never said I do. The whole point of my comment is that Kevin Williamson should be the only 1 writing anything Scream related.

  8. I guess it could be done like Harper’s Island.

  9. I’m sorry after Mtv posted that casting call to get young kids to lose their virginity on tv on national television. I want nothing to do with Mtv.

    To ruin my absolute favorite horror/ thriller film franchise. F%*& YOU MTV!!

  10. This is a bad idea. “Teen Wolf” is one thing. I’ve never watched the series, but there are certainly possibilities for a werewolf protagonist. “Scream” is about finding out who a killer is, while referencing a lot of movies. How does that work as a continuing series?

    Even replacing the killers over time makes it problematic. Part of the hook of the movies was the killer being a mystery. (Whether or not it was done well, YMMV.) They can’t pull that off repeatedly – as the killer would always be among the newest characters (like in the movies) or they’d make an existing character that survived one go around the killer.

    Maybe they’ll go the anthology route like “Freddy’s Nightmares” and come up with a bunch of different stories unrelated to Ghostface.

  11. I’m so annoyed at MTV doing this. SCREAM is a great franchise. Please don’t make it a TV Show. I want Scream5 to happen.

  12. Excellent idea! And for people going On about how can it be a series? Isn’t pretty little liars on its 3rd season and they still have no clue who the killer is? It can be 12 episodes a season and end the first season with a big attack and someone being arrested,,,, like when billy got arrested in the movie… Ends with a cliffhanger

  13. I would like to see where they would go with it. Could be a good tv show or make a lot of very angry scream fans

  14. I heard Joshua Patrick Dudley, the writer of the Stab movies from StabMovies.com is going to be writing the Scream TV show! That would be so awesome! I love his movies and his writing style! His scripts are scary and so funny!

    • No, I would say they’re probably going to go with someone actually in the television industry. Nice shameless plug for that website though.

      • shameless plug? i’m not affiliated with StabMovies.com so I don’t know why you’d think I’d be plugging them. I just think a fan, with credible writing skills like Joshua, should write the series!

        • I didn’t like the stab movies at all… And he’s not going to be writing it. It would be hard to make a show out of “Scream”, it’s not impossible. It would be interesting if there was a group of killers… Maybe they could be working together or trying to kill each other. I think the big concern with the t.v. show will be who the actors… And It would be awesome to get some cameos…. How about Jamie Lee Curtis?

  15. SCREAM TV series? It will suck for sure… What? Ghostface everyday? Better to watch TRUE BLOOD instead… :-/